Lotte Championship R1

Brittany Altomare & Yuka Saso take lead in Hawaii

Lotte Championship 2021 R1
April 14-17
Kapolei Golf Club, Oahu, Hawaii
$2,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Lotte Championship 2021 R1

Brittany Altomare started on the back nine and made the turn 2-under par after two birdies and a bogey. She turned to her caddie Charlie Ryan for guidance on her putts on the first and second holes, and suddenly, the momentum kicked in. By the time she finished the day, she recorded a string of seven-consecutive birdies and carded an 8-under 64, tying Yuka Saso for the first-round lead.


Lotte Championship 2021 R1

“I try to stay one shot at a time, but towards the end I kind of realized (the streak), and then I chipped in on 7 and just started laughing. I’m just like, ‘just one of those days’, which was fun. Hasn’t happened in a while, so I was excited,” said Altomare, whose highest finish this season is T23 at the LPGA Drive On Championship at Golden Ocala.

This is the first time she can remember carding seven consecutive birdies, “even in practice,” said the 30-year-old. Her 64 ties her career-best 18 holes, last recorded in the second round at the 2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, where she finished T13. The streak ties the Tour’s second-best number for consecutive birdies, last done by Isi Gabsa at the 2019 Portland Classic. Jeongeun Lee and Nicole Broch Larsen are the last two players to record seven-straight birdies in the same round, both achieving the feat at the 2019 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.


Lotte Championship 2021 R1

“This week like I just really like the greens here. They’re smooth. I think when you putt where you want to, like it’s going to go there. Like there is no — it’s not bumping around or anything,” said Altomare. “I think if you’re putting well you can make a lot of putts out here.”

Altomare hopes to continue building on her successful first round by honing in on what’s been working for her. Just stay steady and consistent. My putter obviously feels really good. My coach and I have been working a lot on some things in my driver, and I’m finally starting to feel comfortable with it,” said Altomare. “So I think if I can just stay consistent off the tee and just kind of keep working on what we been working on.”


Lotte Championship 2021 R1

19-year old Saso, playing on a sponsor’s exemption, birdied five of her last six holes. She turned pro last November after earning her card on the Japan LPGA Tour and is currently third on the money list.

“It’s like Philippines but colder than Philippines and windier than Philippines” — lucky.


Lotte Championship 2021 R1

“I made some good putts, had good up and downs, my driving was very consistent today,” said Saso. “I think, yeah, that made me lucky.”

Nelly Korda shot a 65 to tie with So Yeon Ryu and Ally Ewing for third place.

Lotte Championship 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Brittany Altomare
-8
64
T1
Yuka Saso *
-8
64
T3
Nelly Korda
-7
65
T3
So Yeon Ryu
-7
65
T3
Ally Ewing
-7
65
6
Stacy Lewis
-6
66
T7
Stephanie Meadow
-5
67
T7
Lydia Ko
-5
67
T7
Jessica Korda
-5
67
T7
Rose Zhang (a) *
-5
67
T7
Sei Young Kim
-5
67
T7
Wei-Ling Hsu
-5
67
T7
Mi Hyang Lee
-5
67
T14
In Gee Chun
-4
68
T14
Hinako Shibuno *
-4
68
T14
Nicole Broch Larsen
-4
68
T14
Brooke M. Henderson
-4
68
T14
Yu Liu
-4
68
T14
Brianna Do
-4
68
T14
Leona Maguire
-4
68
T14
Anne van Dam
-4
68
T14
Muni He
-4
68
T14
Danielle Kang
-4
68
T14
Hyo Joo Kim
-4
68
T14
Jennifer Kupcho
-4
68
T14
Lexi Thompson
-4
68
T27
Jeongeun Lee
-3
69
T27
Luna Sobron Galmes
-3
69
T27
Na Yeon Choi
-3
69
T27
Austin Ernst
-3
69
T27
Angela Stanford
-3
69
T27
Jeongeun Lee6
-3
69
T27
Azahara Munoz
-3
69
T27
Aditi Ashok
-3
69
T27
Klara Spilkova
-3
69
T27
Yealimi Noh
-3
69
T27
Sarah Schmelzel
-3
69
T27
Kyung Kim
-3
69
T27
Linnea Strom
-3
69
T27
Jenny Coleman
-3
69
T27
Katherine Kirk
-3
69
T27
Amy Olson
-3
69
T27
Jenny Shin
-3
69
T27
Amy Yang
-3
69
T27
Paula Reto #
-3
69
T27
Xiyu Lin
-3
69
T27
Haeji Kang
-3
69
T48
Tiffany Chan
-2
70
T48
Alison Lee
-2
70
T48
Gabriela Ruffels *
-2
70
T48
Chella Choi
-2
70
T48
A Lim Kim
-2
70
T48
Lindy Duncan
-2
70
T48
Haley Moore
-2
70
T48
Louise Ridderstrom
-2
70
T48
Sarah Burnham
-2
70
T48
Kristen Gillman
-2
70
T48
Hannah Green
-2
70
T48
Georgia Hall
-2
70
T48
Jillian Hollis
-2
70
T48
Maria Fernanda Torres
-2
70
T48
Ssu-Chia Cheng
-2
70
T48
Lauren Coughlin
-2
70
T48
Celine Herbin
-2
70
T65
Gerina Piller
-1
71
T65
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
71
T65
Cheyenne Knight
-1
71
T65
Lizette Salas
-1
71
T65
Alena Sharp
-1
71
T65
Esther Henseleit
-1
71
T65
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
71
T65
Nuria Iturrioz
-1
71
T65
Perrine Delacour
-1
71
T65
Robynn Ree
-1
71
T65
Kendall Dye
-1
71
T65
Nasa Hataoka
-1
71
T65
Inbee Park
-1
71
T65
Minjee Lee
-1
71
T65
Maria Fassi
-1
71
T65
Matilda Castren
-1
71
T65
Mina Harigae
-1
71
T65
Jacqui Concolino
-1
71
T83
Haru Nomura
E
72
T83
Cydney Clanton
E
72
T83
Eun-Hee Ji
E
72
T83
Giulia Molinaro
E
72
T83
Lindsey Weaver
E
72
T83
Cheyenne Woods
E
72
T83
Pajaree Anannarukarn
E
72
T83
Ryann O’Toole
E
72
T83
Albane Valenzuela
E
72
T83
Mind Muangkhumsakul
E
72
T83
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
E
72
T83
Jennifer Chang
E
72
T83
Lee Lopez
E
72
T83
Kelly Tan
E
72
T97
Caroline Inglis
1
73
T97
Wichanee Meechai
1
73
T97
Youngin Chun
1
73
T97
Brittany Lang
1
73
T97
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
73
T97
Dana Finkelstein
1
73
T97
Lauren Kim
1
73
T97
Kim Metraux #
1
73
T97
Alana Uriell
1
73
T97
Cristie Kerr
1
73
T97
Su Oh
1
73
T97
Pernilla Lindberg
1
73
T97
Elizabeth Szokol
1
73
T97
Yui Kawamoto
1
73
T111
Marissa Steen
2
74
T111
Ariya Jutanugarn
2
74
T111
Caroline Masson
2
74
T111
Katherine Perry-Hamski
2
74
T111
Min Seo Kwak
2
74
T111
Jennifer Song
2
74
T111
Lauren Stephenson
2
74
T111
Ashleigh Buhai
2
74
T119
Jiwon Jeon
3
75
T119
Esther Lee
3
75
T119
Jing Yan
3
75
T119
Daniela Darquea
3
75
T119
Linnea Johansson
3
75
T119
Jaclyn Lee
3
75
T119
Sarah Jane Smith
3
75
T119
Liz Nagel
3
75
T119
Dottie Ardina
3
75
T119
Ayako Uehara
3
75
T119
Ana Belac *
3
75
T119
Andrea Lee
3
75
T131
Tiffany Joh
4
76
T131
Kim Kaufman
4
76
T131
Christina Kim
4
76
T131
Bianca Pagdanganan
4
76
T131
Yujeong Son
4
76
T131
Gemma Dryburgh
4
76
T137
Emma Talley
5
77
T137
Mo Martin
5
77
T137
Pavarisa Yoktuan
5
77
T137
Maia Schechter
5
77
T141
Mariah Stackhouse
6
78
T141
Suzuka Yamaguchi
6
78
T141
Min Lee
6
78
144
Yani Tseng
7
79
* Player started on the back nine
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