Golf: Suzann Pettersen leads Australian Open by one shot in Melbourne
Suzann Pettersen carded an opening-day six-under-par 66 to lead the Women's Australian Open by one shot in Melbourne.
Last Updated: 13/02/14 10:09am
The Norwegian Solheim Cup star, winner of last year's Evian Championships, carded nine birdies and three bogeys to edge clear of a four-way tie for second at the Victoria Golf Club.
Marion Ricordeau of France, who posted eight birdies, a bogey and a double bogey, briefly joined Pettersen atop the leaderboard before slipping back alongside Hee Young Park of Korea and American duo Jessica Korda and Jaclyn Sweeney on five-under.
England's Holly Clyburn figured best of the British contingent after signing for a 68, two better than compatriot Trish Johnson and Becky Morgan of Wales.
"In the first round of the year you're always anxious to get started and it took me a while to get really comfortable and to trust what I have been working on," said Pettersen.
"In the end the trust was stronger than the rest. I hit a lot of great shots but I also have to say I left a lot of shots out there.
"I three-putted a lot of greens, stupid three-putts really, but I also felt like I played good and gave myself a lot of birdie chances.
"I really just want to see how good I can be. I know I'm good. If I play like I did today and trust my swing and trust what I'm working on, I just want to see how far I can get," added the 32-year-old, who will take over top spot in the world rankings with a first or second finish this weekend.