Hugel-Air Premia LA Open - R1

Lewis & Green tied for lead in California

April 25-28
Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, California
$1,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Taking advantage of Thursday morning’s perfect scoring conditions and smooth greens, Stacy Lewis and Hannah Green lead the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open after bogey-free 6-under 65s.

“I hit it good and putted well,” said Lewis, a native Texan who is looking for her 13th win and first since the 2017 Cambia Portland Classic. “That’s kind of the combination that’s been missing, is just putting both of them together. Finally did it on the same day.”

Green pointed to a hard-earned 6-footer for par on the opening hole as the key moment in her round. “I feel like if I missed that maybe I wouldn’t have had the same mindset going into the rest of the round, even though it’s only the first hole,” said Green, a second-year Tour player from Australia in search of her first victory. “My ball striking was great, but also my putter was really hot.”

Green’s fellow Australian Minjee Lee is third at -5, followed by Canadian Anne-Catherine Tanguay at -4.

Little sleep doesn’t bother Lewis

When 6-month-old Chesnee Chadwell doesn’t sleep, Mommy doesn’t either. Stacy Lewis is experiencing her first travels as just mother and daughter this week and of course, Chesnee picked two days ago for her worst sleeping night in weeks. Tack on last night’s visit to the UCLA Medical Center and after her round, Lewis was understandably looking forward to an afternoon nap.

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“Let’s just say 8 a.m. this morning came really fast. I haven’t had time to really feel tired,” said Lewis. “Be nice to have this afternoon.”

Lewis’ bogey-free 65 certainly belied any lack of sleep. The 34-year-old from Houston returned her best round of 2019, taking full advantage of the morning’s smooth Poa Annua greens.

“I hadn’t had a round like that yet this year. Just a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. Didn’t necessarily start that way, but just found a good rhythm. Made couple longer putts,” said Lewis, who missed the cut here in 2018. “Just hadn’t had a round this year yet where I put the ball-striking and putting together.”

Green loving the LA Life

Last year, Hannah Green walked away from the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open after the second round, missing the cut at +5. Fast forward to today and the second-year LPGA Tour player had a much better experience, recording her career-low round of 65, hitting 15 of 18 greens and 12 of 14 fairways. 

“It’s just nice to come back to somewhere familiar and kind of know, even though it’s not always easy to do, just to know where to not mishit it stuff like that,” said Green, who is aiming for her first Tour victory. “I think that’s what makes the difference in making a birdie or making a par.”

The Perth, Australia, native also credits the Los Angeles off-course excitement with this week’s on-course comfort. “With a place like L.A., I really like it. There are so many things you can do and I will probably never even do all of them,” said Green. “I’ve got a really good host family and my best friend on tour is staying there as well. I’ve just got really good vibes when I leave the golf course.”

Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 65 Stacy Lewis (65)

Lewis’ first-round 65 is the best round of her 2019 LPGA Tour season; her previous best was 66, which she shot in the first and third rounds of the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

She hit 13 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens, with 28 putts

Lewis is in her 11th season on the LPGA Tour; she has 12 victories, most recently the 2017 Cambia Portland Classic presented by JTBC

This is Lewis’ sixth event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; her best finish is a tied for sixth at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

She is competing in her second HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open; she missed the cut in 2018

Lewis is one of 11 active mothers on the LPGA Tour, having given birth to her daughter Chesnee in October 2018; the last mother to win on Tour was Cristie Kerr, who won the 2017 Sime Darby Malaysia

Rolex Rankings No. 122 Hannah Green (65)

Green’s first-round 65 is the best round of her LPGA career; her previous best was 66, which she shot three times, most recently in the first round of last week’s LOTTE Championship

She hit 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, with 27 putts

Green is in her second season on the LPGA Tour; her best finish is third at the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

This is Green’s seventh event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; her best finish is T10 at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

She is competing in her second HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open; she missed the cut in 2018

Rolex Rankings No. 4 Minjee Lee (66)

She hit 12 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens, with 27 putts

Lee is in her fifth season on the LPGA Tour; she has four career victories, most recently at the 2018 LPGA Volvik Championship

This is Lee’s eighth event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; her best finish is second at the Honda LPGA Thailand and HSBC Women’s World Championship

She is competing in her second HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open; she tied for seventh in 2018


Of Note

The top four players ( Stacy Lewis , Hannah Green , Minjee Lee and Anne-Catherine Tanguay ) all returned bogey-free rounds on Thursday.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Stacy Lewis
-6
65
T1
Hannah Green
-6
65
3
Minjee Lee
-5
66
4
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-4
67
T5
Jasmine Suwannapura
-3
68
T5
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
68
T5
Lizette Salas
-3
68
T5
Angel Yin
-3
68
T5
Isi Gabsa
-3
68
T5
Sarah Jane Smith
-3
68
T5
Shanshan Feng
-3
68
T5
Inbee Park
-3
68
T5
Jing Yan
-3
68
T14
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-2
69
T14
Gaby Lopez
-2
69
T14
Ryann O’Toole
-2
69
T14
Kristen Gillman
-2
69
T14
Klara Spilkova
-2
69
T19
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-1
70
T19
Aditi Ashok
-1
70
T19
Austin Ernst
-1
70
T19
Emma Talley
-1
70
T19
Madelene Sagstrom
-1
70
T19
Sei Young Kim
-1
70
T19
Pernilla Lindberg
-1
70
T19
Annie Park
-1
70
T19
Jin Young Ko
-1
70
T19
So Yeon Ryu
-1
70
T19
Christina Kim
-1
70
T19
Lindsey Weaver
-1
70
T19
Dani Holmqvist
-1
70
T19
Cristie Kerr
-1
70
T19
Lydia Ko
-1
70
T19
Angela Stanford
-1
70
T19
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
70
T19
Stephanie Meadow
-1
70
T37
Chella Choi
E
71
T37
Dori Carter
E
71
T37
Azahara Munoz
E
71
T37
Jenny Shin
E
71
T37
Amy Yang
E
71
T37
Charley Hull
E
71
T37
Ally McDonald
E
71
T37
Mariajo Uribe
E
71
T37
Jaclyn Lee
E
71
T37
Morgan Pressel
E
71
T37
Maria Torres
E
71
T37
Haeji Kang
E
71
T37
In Gee Chun
E
71
T37
In-Kyung Kim
E
71
T37
Katherine Kirk
E
71
T37
Mirim Lee
E
71
T37
Brittany Lincicome
E
71
T37
Eun-Hee Ji
E
71
T37
Moriya Jutanugarn
E
71
T37
Mina Harigae
E
71
T37
Kris Tamulis
E
71
T58
Gemma Dryburgh
1
72
T58
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
1
72
T58
Bronte Law
1
72
T58
Danielle Kang
1
72
T58
Megan Khang
1
72
T58
Brittany Altomare
1
72
T58
Mel Reid
1
72
T58
Celine Boutier
1
72
T58
Nicole Broch Larsen
1
72
T58
Sarah Schmelzel
1
72
T58
Lauren Stephenson
1
72
T58
Jane Park
1
72
T58
Gerina Piller
1
72
T71
Youngin Chun
2
73
T71
Becca Huffer
2
73
T71
Cheyenne Knight
2
73
T71
Caroline Masson
2
73
T71
Hee Young Park
2
73
T71
Suzuka Yamaguchi
2
73
T71
Carlota Ciganda
2
73
T71
Ariya Jutanugarn
2
73
T71
Nelly Korda
2
73
T71
Ayako Uehara
2
73
T71
Elizabeth Szokol
2
73
T71
Brittany Lang
2
73
T71
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
2
73
T71
Lindy Duncan
2
73
T71
Su Oh
2
73
T71
Lee-Anne Pace
2
73
T71
Na Yeon Choi
2
73
T71
Mi Hyang Lee
2
73
T71
Catriona Matthew
2
73
T71
Alena Sharp
2
73
T71
Sakura Yokomine
2
73
T92
Jungmin Hong (a)
3
74
T92
Mi Jung Hur
3
74
T92
Pornanong Phatlum
3
74
T92
Anne van Dam
3
74
T92
Kristy McPherson
3
74
T92
Pavarisa Yoktuan
3
74
T92
Brianna Do
3
74
T92
Xiyu Lin
3
74
T92
Jessica Korda
3
74
T92
Daniela Darquea
3
74
T92
Wichanee Meechai
3
74
T92
Jackie Stoelting
3
74
T92
Dana Finkelstein
3
74
T105
Georgia Hall
4
75
T105
Paula Creamer
4
75
T105
Juli Inkster
4
75
T105
Alison Lee
4
75
T105
Jacqui Concolino
4
75
T105
Jaye Marie Green
4
75
T105
Jeong Eun Lee
4
75
T105
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
4
75
T105
Celine Herbin
4
75
T105
Muni He
4
75
T105
Joanna Klatten
4
75
T105
Mariah Stackhouse
4
75
T105
Amy Olson
4
75
T105
Lexi Thompson
4
75
T105
Dottie Ardina
4
75
T105
Alana Uriell
4
75
T105
Kim Kaufman
4
75
T122
Sarah Burnham
5
76
T122
Beatriz Recari
5
76
T122
Louise Ridderstrom
5
76
T122
Anna Nordqvist
5
76
T122
Charlotte Thomas
5
76
T122
Haru Nomura
5
76
T122
Sandra Gal
5
76
T122
Jennifer Song
5
76
T122
Natalie Gulbis
5
76
T122
Ruixin Liu
5
76
T122
Clariss Guce
5
76
T122
Wei-Ling Hsu
5
76
T122
Sung Hyun Park
5
76
T122
Peiyun Chien
5
76
T136
Karine Icher
6
77
T136
Brittany Marchand
6
77
T136
Maddie McCrary
6
77
T136
Tiffany Joh
6
77
T136
Lauren Kim
6
77
T136
Yu Liu
6
77
T136
Tiffany Chan
6
77
143
Kendall Dye
7
78
144
Linnea Strom
8
79
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