Wild winds a breeze

TODD SAELHOF

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

CALGARY -- Mother Nature blew in to make a mess of a few golfers' afternoon games on the back nine of Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

Apparently, the wild winds were nothing but a breeze to Suzann Pettersen.

The Norwegian stared down the gusts that funnelled in yesterday to put together the second-best round of the day.

At 6-under 65, Pettersen is just one shot back of leader Anna Rawson, who carded a record round to kick off the 2009 CN Canadian Women's Open.

"If I was sitting in my hotel room looking out the window right now, I would say par is pretty good," said Pettersen, just moments after coming off the Calgary-area course after the sensational opening-round effort.

"So I would say 6-under is pretty solid."

After getting to 3-under through seven holes, the winds kicked up on Pettersen, swirling to make for tougher shots than in the early going.

But her game has been so strong lately, she said her confidence held firm against the changing conditions.

Pettersen was runner-up last week in Oregon, losing the Safeway Classic in a playoff to South Korean teenager M.J. Hur.

Even though she earned just one point for Team Europe at the Solheim Cup a week earlier, Pettersen felt her game was extremely strong there, too.

"You've got to be creative in the wind," Pettersen said.

"You've got to be able to hit like 60 percent of the shot just to keep down and out of the wind, and sometimes you have to hit one up into the wind.

"And when you hit the ball well, you're pretty confident you can hit all of those fun little shots."


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