Reto fires 61 to lead after 18 holes in Canada

Aug 26, 2022 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Thursday was a banner day for South African Paula Reto, who rewrote personal and LPGA Tour records during the first round of the CP Women’s Open. The 32-year-old Reto, in her ninth year on the LPGA Tour, shot a bogey-free 9-under 62 at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, setting the course record by besting the 63 earned by Brooke Henderson in 2017. The 62, the low round of her LPGA Tour career by two strokes, ties the low round overall of the 2022 LPGA Tour season and ties the lowest round in CP Women’s Open history.

“Usually when I make two, three birdies I feel like it’s going to be a good day whether I make a few more or not. Usually under par is always good. But to go low is always fun. And to have no bogeys,” said Reto, who has represented South Africa at the Olympics. “I saved two really good par saves, which was nice. So that kind of kept the momentum going for a low round.”

Starting on the 10th, Reto reeled off birdies at 10, 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18 to make the turn in 29. She added front-nine birdies at four and six, before closing with a birdie at the par-five ninth to cap the career-best day.

“It was a good putting day. A lot of putts went in, and that kind of makes the round easier,” said Reto, who needed just 24 putts on Thursday. “Seeing my lines and the speed was pretty good, so made it a lot easier. I was like, just get on the green. So it was a good putting day for sure.”

At nine-under, Reto holds a first-round lead for the first time since the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic. She sits two strokes clear of 2022 LPGA Tour rookie Narin An, with the American trio of Robynn Ree, Lilia Vu and Emma Talley tied for third at six-under.

Women’s Open champion Ashleigh Buhai opened with a level-par 71.


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