Lizette Salas, who is, on average, 28 yards shorter than Korda off the tee, birdied her first hole by holing a 30-foot putt that broke five feet from left to right. She then laid up on the par-5 2nd (a hole that Korda reached with ease).
But Salas stuffed a wedge to four feet and made another birdie. On the 3rd, she made a 35-footer up the hill. Another wedge on the par-5 5th stopped 3 feet away. It went on and on – a 27-footer on 7 that broke three feet, followed by a 12-footer on 8.
Even when the putts stopped going in, they came to rest mere inches from the hole. It was as effortless a 67 as you will ever see.
Lizette Salas, statements
“I think I have a reputation of not being the longest player.
Instead of it being a burden or it being something annoying, I just say, ‘well, I'll just meet you on the green.’ I think I had a good taste of that when I played Anne van Dam two years ago at the Solheim Cup.
She's the longest hitter on Tour and I just said, ‘I'll meet you up there (on the green) and we can battle from there. I'm not at all intimidated by length, I just know I can compete out here. I think when I finally unloaded the weight that I was carrying to my team, that was a big turning point.
And I think being okay to be vulnerable and ask for help, having that in my mind has been super helpful. Saying it this week was the right thing to do and the right time to talk about it. I am really happy. And I think I'm just embracing it and taking everything in"
Martin Kaymer insisted he was not putting too much pressure on himself on home soil after carding an opening 70 at the 2021 BMW International Open. The home favourite is a two time Major Champion and former World Number One but his last win was his second Major at the 2014 U.S.
Open Championship and he currently sits 99th in the Official World Golf Ranking. A long awaited victory this week at Golfclub München Eichenried would go some way to moving him back to the very top of the game, but the 36-year-old insists he is willing to be patient.
"I was searching a bit over the last few weeks what it was," he said. "I said to Craig (Connelly, caddie) also, I’m not too far away. Then you miss a cut and think you must be far away. But it didn’t feel like it.
My attitude changed a bit in terms of: I don’t need to perform this week. My goal is more mid-term, long-term. I need to get back to the Top 50 in the World, Top 20 and eventually to the Top Ten, Top Five. I need to see it step by step.
My main mission is now to play golf and work on the things I work on with my coach in the tournament without focusing so much on the result. I think that attitude takes the pressure away a little bit."