EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – Morgan Pressel and Melissa Reid were joined at the top of the first-round leaderboard at the Evian Masters on Thursday as Ahn Sun-ju of South Korea birdied the last hole for a 6-under 66 .
Pressel started the first round with birdies on the opening three holes, but the American also bogeyed the 13th.
“It was a very solid day. The only fairway I missed was on the last hole, and it was because it kind of got a weird bounce,” Pressel said. “I hit 15 greens. I felt like I was striking the ball well and gave myself a lot of chances.”
Pressel was pleased with the way the Evian Masters course played evenly, despite the poor weather conditions.
“I thought it was good. The weather was a bit cooler and cloudy, some rain on the back nine,” she said.
Reid had two bogeys, but the English player sank a birdie putt on the final hole – her eighth of the day – to stay in contention.
“I hit the fairways, hit the greens, hit my zones I wanted to hit, and then just rolled in a few good putts,” Reid said. “I’ve been working quite closely on my putting, because (my coach) thinks that’s a weakness in my game. So we’ve changed the posture a little bit, and I seem to be rolling the ball a lot nicer this week.”
The 22-year-old Reid won her first professional title in May at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, and hopes for another strong showing against a tougher field at the Evian Masters.
“You play an event like this and you see how you compare against the big girls,” she said. “So it was quite nice to shoot 66 today. I proved to myself that I can do it.”
South Koreans Kim Song-hee and M.J. Hur were both a stroke behind the leaders.
Michelle Wie was tied for sixth with a group of other players at 4 under, while defending champion Ai Miyazato of Japan was three shots behind the leaders after a 3-under 69.
Wie, who recovered from heat exhaustion during the pro-am event on Wednesday, was pleased with her round, even though she felt “a little tired.”