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Three share first-round lead at Cambia Portland Classic

Field Level Media
17 Sep 2021, 13:40 GMT+10

Scotland's Gemma Dryburgh recorded an eagle and overcame three bogeys Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Cambia Portland Classic in West Linn, Ore.

Dryburgh, Thailand's Pajaree Anannarukarn and Spain's Carlota Ciganda all shot 4-under-par 68 at Oregon Golf Club.

France's Perrine Delacour, Australia's Su Oh, South Africa's Paula Reto and three South Korean players, Jin Young Ko, Mi Jung Hur and Jenny Shin, are tied for fourth at 3 under.

Dryburgh, 28, has played on the LPGA Tour since 2018 but has recorded just one top-10 finish, tying for sixth last year at the LPGA Drive on Championship. Her best finish this year was a tie for 17th at the ISPS Handa World Invitational, and she has missed the cut in three of her past four events.

The highlight of her Thursday round was holing out for eagle from 98 yards on the par-4 seventh hole.

"Just hit a little gap wedge," Dryburgh said. "Hit it pretty perfect. Actually ... I thought it was going long when I saw it on the green, but it just landed perfectly just short of the pin and rolled right in like a little putt, so it was perfect."

Dryburgh has experience in Portland, having tied for 21st in 2018 for one of her best early-career results.

"The greens can be tricky ... like if you're not quite on it and you take your time on them, you can easily hit it like 10 foot past," she said. "They're quite quick and deceiving actually, with the slopes and stuff. If you don't three-putt this week, that'll be a good week, I think."

Ciganda's up-and-down round featured seven birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.

"It's a new course, quite hilly, so very cold this morning, so I thought it was quite tricky," said Ciganda, whose two LPGA wins came in 2016. "This morning, some shots the ball was flying 10 to 12 meters less, at least for me on the range. I was like, I need to adjust this on the golf course because it was so cold. ... I was just shaking almost."

Anannarukarn, who won the ISPS Handa World Invitational last month for her first career title, carded five birdies and one bogey Thursday.

--Field Level Media

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