Alena Sharp two strokes back at Women’s PGA Championship

Alena Sharp (Wojciech Migda, Wikimedia Commons)

Alena Sharp had a solid first round at the 2021 Women’s PGA Championship in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday. The 40-year-old native of Hamilton, Ontario, is at -3 and two strokes back of the leader, Lizette Salas of the United States.

Salas is at -5. She has a one-stroke-lead on England’s Charley Hull, who is in second place at -4. Then Sharp is in a seven-way tie for third place at -3. There you will also find Americans Austin Ernst, Jessica Korda, and Yealimi Noh, South Korea’s Jeongeun Lee, Sweden’s Dani Holmqvist, and China’s Xiyu Lin.

There are also 13 players tied for 10th place and only three strokes back of the lead at -2. There you will find Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Patty Tavatanakit, Americans Gerina Piller, Nelly Korda, Cydney Clanton, and Mina Harigae, South Korea’s Chella Choi and In Gee Chun, Mexico’s Maria Fassi, Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Phillippines’ Dottie Ardina, and Italy’s Giulia Molinaro.

In the first round, Sharp had seven birdies, two bogeys, and one double-bogey. She birdied the first, second, third, fifth, 10th, 17th, and 18th holes, bogeyed the sixth and ninth holes, and then had a double-bogey on the 13th hole. Sharp’s best career result at a major was a 17th place at the 2019 ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage, California.

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