Pelican Women’s Championship R1

Sophia Popov takes lead in Florida

November 19-22
Pelican Golf Club, Belleair, Florida
$1,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Women’s British Open winner Sophia Popov shot a 6-under 64 in spite of windy conditions to take a two shot lead in the Pelican Women’s Championship.


“I think I’m playing with a different confidence level. You know, the shots are there. I always had them I felt like. I think mentally I’ve never felt as freed up as I do now. I don’t know if that’s from winning the tournament or just overall just having more fun out here. Having obviously an exemption for the next couple years just frees up the swing a little bit, my mindset, I can be a little bit more aggressive, and I think I just took advantage of that.”

She birdied the last five holes of her front nine to make the turn at 29 but lost some momentum on the back nine with only two birdies and two bogeys.



“I felt pretty confident coming into the round. Honestly, probably didn’t see that many birdies on my front. I thought with the wind the course is playing really tough, and surprised myself a little on that front nine. Tried to keep it going, but think the other nine is definitely tough and so I’m happy with my score.”

Two shots behind, Ashleigh Buhai birdied three of the last four holes.


“You just have to stay patient, hit to the big parts of the green,” said Buhai. “I think in order to shoot a low score today, you got to have a hot putter, especially this afternoon. The greens firmed up a lot and it was difficult to get it close. That’s what I did. I made some good putts coming down. I hit it close on 17 and then holed a nice one on 18 for birdie.”

Ally McDonald, who won her first LPGA title last month, and World No.2 Sei Young Kim are tied for third place with 67s.



“Honestly, my ball striking wasn’t that great,” said McDonald. “I just felt like my timing was just a little bit off.”

Jin Young Ko, the number 1 player in the world for the past 68 weeks, is back after staying home in Korea since the pandemic and is planning to stay and play in the USA until the U.S. Women’s Open. She opened with a 2-over 72 and is tied for 46th.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Sophia Popov
-6
64
2
Ashleigh Buhai
-4
66
T3
Sei Young Kim
-3
67
T3
Ally McDonald
-3
67
T5
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-2
68
T5
Jaye Marie Green
-2
68
T5
Brooke M. Henderson
-2
68
T5
Haeji Kang
-2
68
T5
Minjee Lee
-2
68
T5
Hee Young Park
-2
68
T5
Alena Sharp
-2
68
T5
Jennifer Song
-2
68
T13
Jessica Korda
-1
69
T13
Brittany Lincicome
-1
69
T13
Caroline Masson
-1
69
T13
Stephanie Meadow
-1
69
T13
Robynn Ree
-1
69
T13
Sarah Jane Smith
-1
69
T13
Elizabeth Szokol
-1
69
T13
Maria Torres
-1
69
T13
Lindsey Weaver
-1
69
T22
Perrine Delacour
E
70
T22
Kristen Gillman
E
70
T22
Mi Jung Hur
E
70
T22
Eun-Hee Ji
E
70
T22
Tiffany Joh
E
70
T22
Megan Khang
E
70
T22
Cheyenne Knight
E
70
T22
Lydia Ko
E
70
T22
Amy Olson
E
70
T22
Sarah Schmelzel
E
70
T22
Jenny Shin
E
70
T22
Angela Stanford
E
70
T22
Lexi Thompson
E
70
T35
In Gee Chun
1
71
T35
Lindy Duncan
1
71
T35
Austin Ernst
1
71
T35
Jeong Eun Lee
1
71
T35
Dana Finkelstein
1
71
T35
Nasa Hataoka
1
71
T35
Andrea Lee
1
71
T35
Mi Hyang Lee
1
71
T35
Xiyu Lin
1
71
T35
Yealimi Noh
1
71
T35
Su Oh
1
71
T46
Brittany Altomare
2
72
T46
Celine Boutier
2
72
T46
Matilda Castren
2
72
T46
Julieta Granada
2
72
T46
Mina Harigae
2
72
T46
Cristie Kerr
2
72
T46
Jin Young Ko
2
72
T46
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
2
72
T46
Esther Lee
2
72
T46
Leona Maguire
2
72
T46
Mo Martin
2
72
T46
Mind Muangkhumsakul
2
72
T46
Ryann O’Toole
2
72
T46
Madelene Sagstrom
2
72
T46
Maia Schechter
2
72
T46
Linnea Strom
2
72
T46
Angel Yin
2
72
T63
Nicole Broch Larsen
3
73
T63
Tiffany Chan
3
73
T63
Jennifer Chang
3
73
T63
Cydney Clanton
3
73
T63
Daniela Darquea
3
73
T63
Maria Fassi
3
73
T63
Hannah Green
3
73
T63
Jeongeun Lee6
3
73
T63
Bianca Pagdanganan
3
73
T63
Annie Park
3
73
T63
Pornanong Phatlum
3
73
T63
Morgan Pressel
3
73
T63
Mel Reid
3
73
T63
Gabriela Ruffels (a)
3
73
T63
Jackie Stoelting
3
73
T63
Ayako Uehara
3
73
T79
Sierra Brooks
4
74
T79
Chella Choi
4
74
T79
Sandra Gal
4
74
T79
Katherine Kirk
4
74
T79
Pernilla Lindberg
4
74
T79
Haley Moore
4
74
T79
Azahara Munoz
4
74
T79
Liz Nagel
4
74
T79
Sung Hyun Park
4
74
T88
Jenny Coleman
5
75
T88
Muni He
5
75
T88
Jennifer Kupcho
5
75
T88
Giulia Molinaro
5
75
T92
Bronte Law
6
76
T92
Stacy Lewis
6
76
T92
Gerina Piller
6
76
T92
Lauren Stephenson
6
76
T92
Emma Talley
6
76
T97
Sarah Burnham
7
77
T97
Karrie Webb
7
77
T97
Jing Yan
7
77
T100
Christina Kim
8
78
T100
Jasmine Suwannapura
8
78
T100
Charlotte Thomas
8
78
T100
Alana Uriell
8
78
T104
Natalie Gulbis
9
79
T104
Brittany Lang
9
79
106
Jillian Hollis
10
80
107
Nathalie Filler
15
85
DQ
Yu Liu
4
74
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