Sanna Nuutinen leads by one shot from Scotland’s Kelsey Macdonald after a rain-affected opening day at the Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana – watch live on Friday from 1pm on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel.
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 26/11/20 5:44pm
Race to Costa del Sol winner Emily Kristine Pedersen made a positive start to her bid for a third consecutive Ladies European Tour victory at the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana.
Pedersen, who has the season-long Order of Merit wrapped up with a tournament to spare after back-to-back victories in Saudi Arabia, was two under par after 10 holes when play was suspended for the day due to heavy rain.
The Dane had made a bogey-free start to the week at Real Club de Golf Guadalmina, with back-to-back birdies from the fifth getting her within three shots of early pacesetter Sanna Nuttinen.
Nuttinen recovered from an early double-bogey to birdie three of her last four holes and post a five-under 67, with Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald her closest challenger thanks to bogey-free 68.
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“I only missed one green today, so I think that speaks volumes,” MacDonald said. “I have been happy with my game for a while now, I just need to back myself more.”
2019 Order of Merit winner, Ester Henseleit, was three under with eight holes to play when play was halted just before 4pm local time, with 16 groups unable to complete their opening rounds.
Celine Herbin and Karolin Lampert are in the group alongside Pedersen sitting three off the pace, while home favourite Azahara Munoz bogeyed for her first five holes on her way to a two-over 74.
Watch the Open de Espana throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues on Friday from 1pm on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel and via the red button on Sky Sports Golf.
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