Nordqvist hits all 18 greens in opening 68

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SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Anna Nordqvist made some ball-striking history Thursday at the U.S. Women’s Open.

She hit all 18 greens in regulation on her way to shooting a 4-under-par 68 at CordeValle Golf Club.

She is the first player to hit every green in regulation in a U.S. Women’s Open since the USGA began keeping the stat in 1986.

“I didn’t really hit a bad shot or get myself in trouble,” Nordqvist said.


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Nordqvist, who won the LPGA Championship in 2009, fits the mode for a U.S. Women’s Open contender. She hits a lot of fairways and greens. She is 10th among LPGA pros this year in driving accuracy and third in hitting greens in regulation.

“I knew in the morning it was going to be a little softer, so I tried to take advantage of that,” Nordqvist said. “I could hit my putts pretty aggressive today, but I don't think I will be able to do that for the rest of the week, though.”

Nordqvist won the ShopRite Classic in June, her sixth LPGA title. She was 28 when she won, making her the oldest winner on tour this season.

“I got a lot of comments about options on retirement homes,” Nordqvist joked.