Matthew happy with her opening round

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RICOH British Women’s Open champion in 2009, Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, was reasonably happy with her efforts after carding a two under par 70 in her opening round at Carnoustie yesterday.

“I’m fairly pleased with that. I gave away a couple of shots, but overall satisfied with a couple under first round,” she said.

And reflecting on a round which was a mixed bag of five birdies and three bogeys, the Carnoustie Country ambassador commented: “Not too bad. I had one three putt and then drive it in a bunker, but made a good save there on the last with a good up and down.”

Getting under way early was a blessing as the weather changed for the worse later on in the day. “We were lucky,” Matthew said. “It was beautiful for our first, probably, 16 holes. It was lovely.

“Yes it was certainly there for the taking and I kind of knew I wanted to get a couple under par today because it’s probably the calmest it might be for the week.

“It’s a great course. I love it, in great shape. Greens are really good. It’s just tricky off the tee. You’ve got to keep it out of the bunkers or else you’re looking at bogey.”