Moriya Jutanugarn waited around on Thursday and Friday and didn't play any golf. She kept herself entertained by watching movies. Finally on Saturday, she got her chance.
Despite a double bogey on her 10th hole and a bogey on the last, she turned in a 5-under, 66 and finished the first round just one shot off the lead. She had about an hour turnaround and will start her final round at 4:25 p.m. local time. She is unlikely to finish 36 holes on Saturday.
"I hit a lot of good shots out there even with the double on one, but I'm just trying to stay patient," said Jutanugarn, who is now No. 11 in the Rolex world rankings. "It's working out pretty good."
The HUGEL-JTBC LA Open champion made four birdies on her front nine and four birdies over the final six holes on the back.
"After winning, I felt great and I'm just trying to keep playing my game. I'm just going to keep working on what I need to improve. After a good round, I'm excited to keep the momentum going."
Jenny Shin and Sung Hyun Park finished as the first round leaders at 6-under, 65. Shin will tee at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday while Park will go off at 12:23 p.m.