Ariya one shot off lead at Founders Cup

Annette Crawford
March 17, 2018

"When the wind picks up it's pretty hard because like the fairway is not that firm, so we didn't hit that far like we did a year ago", she added.

"I played really good and made some clutch putts coming in", Clanton said.

It was a consistant round, featuring only one birdie and two bogeys as she parred the rest after starting on the 10th hole.

Cydney Clanton shot a 31 on her back nine to take over sole possession of the lead at 9 under after shooting a 67 in the afternoon.

"You just have to go in attack mode, because everybody else is going to go in attack mode", she said.

South Korea's Choi had a solitary blemish in her round - a bogey on the ninth - with the 27-year-old responding superbly, with four birdies on the following five holes.

She was one shot in front of Korean He Young Park, and Americans Michelle Wie and Brittany Linicome, all in the clubhouse on 6 under.

In chilly and windy conditions at the Wildfire Golf Club, the duo boast a single shot advantage at the top of the leaderboard after five under rounds on the opening day of the tournament.

Former world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand endured another tough day, following up her first-round 74 with a one-over 73 that left her well outside the projected cut line of one-under par. One shot further back is veteran Michelle Wie, who won the HSBC Championship in Singapore earlier this month.

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