• February 1, 2023

ANA Inspiration: Charley Hull, Bronte Law and Michelle Wie enjoy fine starts

Charley Hull has three top 10 finishes in the tournament but has never won a major

The Englishmen Charley Hull and Bronte Law provided eye-catching opening rounds at ANA Inspiration in order to assert themselves early on in the first major of the year.

The 25-year-old and 26-year-old Hull Law received three below-average cards each at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

They are in third place behind the Chinese Shanshan Feng (five below) and the Thai Patty Tavatanakit (six below).

Jin Young Ko, number one in the world, is one of many players who have not yet finished the first round.

The South Korean started her challenge aggressively to get one under after two holes, while her compatriot and the second largest inbee park in the world also picked up one shot on the second to get one under.

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Only half of the 120-man field had completed its lap as Hull and Law each completed an impressive opening day.

Neither of them has won a major championship before, but Hull looked good making the green to the eagle on the 11th and she added a birdie on the last to finish three under.

Hull has finished in the top 10 three times in this event, but Law has yet to secure a top 10 result in a major.

The Stockport born player dropped just one shot in her first 18 holes to sit prominently.

China’s Feng is starting the Ladies PGA Tour for the first time since 2019 and is a surprising early competitor, while American Michelle Wie is out of reach after a lengthy hiatus.

Wie, 31, took time off the tour to overcome injuries and give birth to her first child, but her first major championship round in 650 days proved eventful as she drained huge putts on the first and third holes and approached a hole -in-one on the 14th.

“I’m just happy to see my name on the first page of the leaderboard,” she told the Golf Channel after her round. “This is really something special to me. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this.”

The tournament – for the 50th consecutive year – has been rated as a major since 1983 and is considered extremely significant due to the impetus it has given the growth of women’s golf since 1971.

The top 15 players in the world are all in the field and a $ 3.1 million (£ 2.2 million) prize fund will be contested.

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