Tuesday, May 22, 2018

9-under 62 gives Laura Diaz LPGA lead

SYLVANIA, Ohio — Laura Diaz got off to a surprising start at the Marathon Classic. She shot 9-under 62 for a four-stroke lead in Thursday's opening round.

U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie shot 2-over 73, 2008 Marathon winner Paula Creamer was at 72 along with another perennial contender at Highland Meadows, Morgan Pressel.

The defending champion, Spain's Beatriz Recari, and the world's No. 1-ranked player, Stacy Lewis, a Toledo native, were well down the list at 1 under.

"I'm very happy to shoot 62; I would be lying if I said I wasn't," Diaz, 39, said. "It's nice to get a good feeling after Round 1. To see the ball going in the hole, I think that's always a boost."

Despite being winless in the past 12 years on the LPGA Tour, she stunned the field by birdieing her first five holes in a round that included nine birdies and no bogeys. She made a 30-footer on her fifth hole, the 14th. Then she stepped back and enjoyed the moment. "I kind of chuckled to myself — well, out loud," she said.

Mo Martin, basking in the afterglow of Sunday's British Open win, shot 67. "I'm pretty tired and it still kind of feels like a dream," she said. "I was joking around with the trainers, saying, 'Can you massage here? Because my face hurts a little bit from smiling.' "