Dubai Moonlight Classic: Swede Hedwall leads by two
Two shots behind Hedwall is German Laura Fuenfstueck
Caroline Hedwall of Sweden shot a 7 under par, 65, to lead after the first round of the Ladies’ European Tour’s OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic held on Wednesday on the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club, Dubai.
Playing in the afternoon shotgun wave, under the floodlights from hole 6B, the 31 year old and 4-time Solheim Cup star, started with 10 pars followed by a remarkable run of birdie, hole-in-one, birdie, par, birdie and birdie.
For her ‘slam dunk’ ace on the Par 3, 17th hole, playing at 162 yards, Hedwall won an ‘OMEGA Speedmaster 38’ watch courtesy of the title sponsors.
Two shots behind Hedwall is German Laura Fuenfstueck, who played in the morning shotgun. The 25-year-old, teeing off on hole 1B, managed 6 birdies including three birdie 2’s with a solitary bogey on hole 4.
Also in joint second is Celine Boutier (Fra) who played a 5 birdie, bogey free round.
A shot further back is former Women’s World Number One Lydia Ko (NZ) who had an unusual mixed bag of a round of 4 bogeys, 6 birdies and an eagle and just 7 pars.
The 54-hole three round tournament sees the second round being played on Thursday and the final round on Friday.
The prizefund for this year’s tournament is €260,000.
Dubai based resident Alison Muirhead (Sco) shot an impressive 3 under par 69 including 4 twos highlighted by an eagle 2 on the par four 278 yards, 13th hole, to lie in tied 5th place.
One of the great recovery rounds of the day came from Dame Laura Davies (Eng) who shot a level par 72, despite a quadruple 8 on hole 8, her 7th hole, but recovered impressively with 6 birdies to lie tied 14th.
Defending champion Nuria Iturrioz (Spain) managed a creditable 69 to lie alongside Muirhead in tied 5th place.
Thursday’s round will again be played in a Pro-Am format in two shotguns, reversed from the first round Day / Night tee times with three amateurs joining the professional in each team in the 36 hole, two day Pro-Am event, with the 56 players only, competing on Friday in the final round.
Leading 1st Round Scores (Par 72):
65: C. Hedwall (Swe).
67: L. Fuenfstueck (Ger), C. Boutier (Fra).
68: L. Ko (NZ).
69: N. Iturrioz (Spain), A. Muirhead (Sco), K. Metraux (Sui), M. MacLaren (Eng).
72: L. Davies (Eng), G. Hall (Eng), M. Lee (Aus),
75: C. Hull (Eng), M. Haddioui (Mor).
76: A. Boulden (Wal).
77: C. Noja (A) (Eng).
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