Davies could be event's first two-time winner

By Anthony Rhoads and Doug Gorman

The Chick-fil-A Charity Championship has never had a two-time winner but Laura Davies could make history.

Davies, the 1995 Chick-fil-A champion, finished at 6-under 66 to lead after the opening round Thursday at Eagle's Landing Country Club.

"It's a course I like and it's a tournament I never miss," she said. "It's one of my favorite tournaments. This is a date on my calendar I mark off because I don't want to miss it."

Davies had two bogeys in the opening round, on the par-4 hole No. 12 and the par-4 No. 15.

She recovered to record a 33 on the back nine and then scored three birdies on the front nine to go to 6-under.

While Davies had a great round Thursday, thoughts of Annika Sorenstam were in the back of her mind. Davies wants to keep playing at this level so she can be in contention in the final round Sunday.

"Half the time Annika is so far in front of everyone on Sunday, you have to be close to her," Davies said. "She's the one to beat, there's no qualms about it."

Going through plenty of putters this season: Davies has gone through seven putters this year and has used four putters in the last five weeks.

"I'm missing some short ones, which I never do," she said.

With her opening round performance Thursday, maybe her luck is beginning to change.

"When I had the chance to make a birdie, I made a birdie," she said.

Working on another streak: As the week began, Annika Sorenstam promised to start another winning streak.

Before finishing 12th last week in Virginia, Sorenstam had been unbeatable, winning the last five events she had entered.

After the first round of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship at Eagle's Landing Country Club, it looks as if Sorenstam could on the verge of winning again.

Sorenstam finished the round with a 5-under par 67. Starting on the back 9, Sorenstam strung together four birdies.

She then closed out the round with eight straight pars.

"It's always nice to get off to a good start and get some momentum for the week," Sorenstam said. "It's no fun getting off to a rotten start. You have to fight back all the way, and you don't feel like you can make any mistakes."

She's back: Before Sorenstam burst on the scene and became the world's best female golfer, Karrie Webb was usually the player to beat. After round one, she is in the running to win her first ever Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. Webb closed out the round with a birdie on 18 to finish tied with Sorenstam with a 5-under 67.

"To get back to where I was would great," said Webb. "If that means meaning ranked No.1 that great, but I can't control what other players do."

It's an eagle: Defending Chick-fil-A Charity Championship champion Jennifer Rosales and Cristie Kerr, who won on tour last week, both found hole No. 6 to their liking as both golfers scored eagles on the par 5 478-yard hole.

Kerr, who won last week at the Michelob Ultra Open, shot a 4-under 68 Thursday.

"I didn't hit it great but I had a great back nine," she said. "I had a good day. I feel good about my game. It's fun to be in the chase; it's fun to be in the hunt."

Rosales appears ready to make another run after finishing her first round with at 5-under par.