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Anna Magnusson

Anna Magnusson fired an opening round of 66 (-6) to lead by two shots at the end of the first day of the Belgian Ladies Open.

The Swedish player started her day at Naxhelet Golf Club well with two birdies in her first four holes, before she rolled in two more on eight and nine.

The 28-year-old then dropped a shot on the 11th but bounced back with birdies on 12, 13 and 15 for a round of six-under-par.

“I just enjoyed playing golf again,” said Magnusson. “I really had a good day, I made a lot of putts and made one really long one. I just tried to put myself in good positions all the time and it worked out.

“The course just feels like Sweden out there, especially in the south of Sweden and the wind also is like there. This course reminds me of next week’s course. I wasn’t expecting to play well today as I had a few rough weeks. The past two weeks have been really rough for me, so I just really enjoyed it out there. My caddie really cheered me up and helped me out there. Tomorrow we’re going to do the same, try to hit the ball straight and have fun.”

Four players sit in a tie for second place with Japan’s Yuri Onishi, Norway’s Madelene Stavnar, Switzerland’s Vanessa Knecht and Spain’s Mireia Prat on four-under-par.

LET rookie Onishi, who teed off from the 10th, set the early pace this morning after carding one birdie and one bogey on her front before rolling in five birdies and one bogey on her back nine.

Onishi said: “My round was good and I putted very well today so I was able to get to four-under-par. It is the first time for me as a rookie on the LET, but I’m happy to play tournaments and it’s exciting!”

Norway’s Stavnar only dropped one shot today on the 15th and made birdies on the second, seventh, ninth, 12th and 14th holes.

“It was a good round and one of the days where golf is a little bit easier than other days,” said Stavnar. “I made a lot of birdies out there and I was not in a lot of trouble. On the last hole there, I made par and it was not a good lie, so my short game was working.

“The plan is to stick to the fairway, hit a lot of greens and then you will have a lot of birdie chances but the rough is thick!”

While in the afternoon wave, it was Switzerland’s Knecht who produced a round of 68 which included eight birdies and four bogeys.

Knecht explained: “I felt like we had a good game plan coming into this week, my preparation was really good. It was quite windy today, we adjusted lines and…


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