Spain’s Nuria Iturrioz and Team Roussin lead after day one of Aramco Team Series - Florida

19 May 2023

Spain’s Nuria Iturrioz leads by one, over Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson, after day one of the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF – Florida at Trump International, West Palm Beach.

Round one remains incomplete following a storm delay interrupting this afternoon’s play. 13 teams and 39 players will complete their first round at 7.15am tomorrow morning before round two begins.

Iturrioz rounded out her round in spectacular fashion with an eagle, birdie finish on her 17th and 18th holes. It was a rollercoaster round for the Spaniard, carding an impressive six birdies and one eagle to sit atop the leaderboard. Iturrioz, a three-time Ladies European Tour (LET) winner, said after the round: 

“ The environment with Pauline [Roussin] and the team was very nice. I loved it. I played with her in Singapore, so good memories. I’m trying to do the same as her. ”

The 27-year-old Spaniard is referring to her teammate’s success winning the first Aramco Team Series event in Singapore earlier this year. Pauline Roussin won the individual event in Singapore, at just 22-years-old, by four shots over Danielle Kang and two-time major winner Lydia Ko. This week the duo teamed up alongside Englishwoman Trish Johnson and amateur Michael Bickford, and produced a dominant round one to take a three-shot lead over Team Ko and Team Alexander.

In the individual standings, Gustavsson sits alone in second place but still has five holes to complete of her first round after darkness suspended play for the day. After 13 holes, the Swede is bogey-free and will restart round one on the 4th hole at 7.15am tomorrow.

Alison Lee and Lexi Thompson lead the way for America on day one. Lee sits in a tie for fifth, three shots back after carding an opening round 70 and Florida native and world number seven Thompson carded a one-under-par 71 on day one with a steady 16 pars, two birdies and one bogey to sit in a tie for eighth.

“Overall, a very good day. Pretty steady one. We had beautiful weather teeing off at 7.27am, we didn’t have too much wind, thankfully, and kind of beat the heat,” the major winner said after the round, “But overall had a very steady day and enjoyed playing alongside my teammates.”

Team Thompson sits in sixth place and six shots back of first going into day two. The Florida native and her teammates tee off at 13.42pm tomorrow.

Czech Republic’s Klara Davidson Spilkova and Scotland’s Louise Duncan sit two back of Iturrioz in second after rounds of 70. They enjoyed similar rounds with four birdies and just the one blemish each.

23-year-old Duncan, who is seeking her first professional victory after turning pro last July, said after the opening round, “It’s a tough golf course, so three-under, I’m exceptionally happy with. I hit the ball alright, drove the ball really well, and you need to drive the ball around here or you’ll shoot millions.

“Then also I just kind of stayed calm, which I find quite difficult to do sometimes. But yeah, I’m really happy considering I haven’t really played here in the States that much.”

Players will complete round one’s play tomorrow at 7.15am, before round two gets underway at 8.30am.


Event Information

  • What: Aramco Team Series Florida
  • When: Friday 19th – Sunday 21st May
  • Where: Trump International Golf Club, West Palm Beach
  • General Admission: Daily admission $15pp for adults, $10 for students (with valid student I.D.), under-18s go free. Click here for more information.
  • Hospitality Packages: Packages start from $200pp. Click here for more information.

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