DALY CITY, California. (AP) In the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, Anne van Dam the Long-hitting, two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with So Yeon Ryu and Eun-Hee Ji. The 23-year-old Dutchwoman bogeyed two of the first four holes in her afternoon round at Lake Merced. Van Dam rallied with an eagle on the par-4 eighth and five birdies to match Ryu and Ji who were the morning starters.
Van Dam stated that he was not swinging that freely and just said to herself, “Go on and play golf, hit shots, and don’t try to over think about technique, just play your shots.” Van Dam had struggled in her first season on the LPGA Tour, breaking 70 for only the fifth time in 17 rounds. She has four victories on the Ladies European Tour, winning in early March in Australia, and leads the LET Solheim Cup points list.
Van Dam stated that she felt like that golf course was set up correctly for her. She could hit long drivers and could be aggressive with her short irons. She enjoyed the course. Ryu closed with a bogey on the par-5 ninth. The South Korean had seven birdies and two bogeys.
However, Ryu stated that it was tough, because when she was dedicated to making her game better and better, and then when she could not see the result right away, it was straightforward to get frustrated.
The South Korean said that it was an excellent golf course and challenging on every hole, especially on the tee shot. They had to make the fairway for the next shot. The 2009 U.S. Women’s Open champion won the season-opening Diamonds Resorts Tournament of Champions for her fifth LPGA Tour victory. After offseason swing changes, she has four top-seven finishes in eight events this year.