Brittany Altomare rode a sizzling streak of seven consecutive birdies to take a share of the opening-round lead at the Lotte Championship. After calling in her caddie for a lift of confidence on the greens, Altomare birdied Nos. 1-7 (her again facet at Kapolei) to card an 8-under 64, taking a share of the lead with Yuka Saso, a 19-year-old enjoying on a sponsor invitation.
“I try to stay one shot at a time,” stated Altomare, “but towards the end I kind of realized, and then I chipped in on No. 7 and just started laughing. I’m just like, just one of those days, which was fun. Hasn’t happened in a while, so I was excited.”
Altomare’s seven-birdie streak ties the second-highest LPGA file for consecutive birdies, final performed by Isi Gabsa at the 2019 Portland Classic. Amy Yang holds the file for many consecutive birdies with 10 in 2015.
“I gave myself some pretty good looks,” stated Altomare. “I did make a couple long ones, but they weren’t super long. All inside 30 feet.”
Brittany Altomare walks as much as the clubhouse together with her caddie following the primary spherical of the LPGA LOTTE Championship at Kapolei Golf Club on April 14, 2021 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Saso turned skilled in 2019 and has two wins on the Japan LPGA. The Lotte marks her sixth LPGA profession look. She tied for fiftieth two weeks in the past at the ANA Inspiration.
“My thoughts are just nothing really,” stated Saso. “I feel like I want to rest and get ready for tomorrow.”
So Yeon Ryu and Ally Ewing carded 67s to take a share of third. Ryu stated she struggled together with her confidence within the ANA and Kia Classic. How did she spend the week off?
“First of all, because I was exhausted,” stated Ryu, “I had to have good two days off. I definitely needed to have some good ice cream, good chocolate, good wine, so that’s what I had first two days.”
After that feel-good stretch, Ryu went to work on her bodily coaching, shoring up energy for 4 tournaments in a row.
Then she went by way of a check-list of her sport.
“Long game was good, she said. “Short game was decent, but just not enough confidence. Putting game was good, but not enough confidence. Everything was just missing by confidence.
“I really tried to build up my confidence level. I tried to watch a lot of YouTube to find a way to inspire by myself.”