NEW YORK: Lee Seon-hwa of South Korea and Americans Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis shared the lead after the first round of the LPGA Championship after firing four-under 68s at Locust Hill on Thursday.
On an ever-shifting day of gusty winds, grey skies, sunshine and pouring rain, top-ranked American Kerr joined the others by recording four birdies on her first eight holes after starting at the 10th.
“It’s definitely where I want to be,” said Kerr, who won the LPGA Tour stop in Illinois two weeks ago. “I’m very comfortable being in the lead. You get kind of a taste of the blood in the water. It motivates you.”
Both Lewis and Lee also began their rounds on the 10th tee for the year’s second women’s major, and they each shared the distinction of making eagles from the fairways on the tight parkland layout.
“When I practised on the driving range it was totally nice weather, nice and sunny,” said Lee. “When I hit my first tee shot, the wind was blowing hard, like 20 miles per hour and it was windy all day long. It was really hard to play.”
There was also a brief delay in the middle of the round due to hard rain that left some water on the greens. Newly crowned world number one Ai Miyazato of Japan had trouble finding the fairways as she slumped to a four-over 76. – Reuters
Leading first round scores: (South Korean players unless stated):
68: Cristie Kerr (US), Lee Seon–hwa Lee, Stacy Lewis (US); 69: Mika Miyazato (Jpn), Park In–bee, Lindsey Wright (Aus); 70: Christina Kim (US), Teresa Lu (Tpe), Louise Stahle (Swe), Heather Young (US); 71: Paula Creamer (US), Han Hee-won, Vicky Hurst (US), Juli Inkster (US), Jeong Jang, Meena Lee, Brittany Lincicome (US), Mariajo Uribe (Col), Sakura Yokomine (Jpn); 72: Amy Hung (Tpe), MJ Hur, Ji Eun-hee, , Kim Song-hee, Kim In-kyung, Azahara Munoz (Spa), Gloria Park, Giulia Sergas (Ita), Shin Ji–yai, Karrie Webb (Aus), Yoo Sun–young;
73: Chie Arimura (Jpn), Choi Na–yeon, Sophie Gustafson (Swe), Kang Hae–ji, Janice Moodie (Bri), Anna Nordqvist (Swe), Jennifer Rosales (Phi), Amy Yang; 74: Ahn Shi–hyun, Silvia Cavalleri (Ita), Michelle Ellis (Aus), Louise Friberg (Swe), Katherine Hull (Aus), Kang Ji–min, Kim Yoo-kyeong, Catriona Matthew (Bri), Min Na–on, Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Suzann Pettersen (Nor), Beatriz Recari (Spa), Karin Sjodin (Swe), Sarah Jane Smith (Aus);
75: Helen Alfredsson (Swe), Chella Choi, Choi Song–yi, Laura Davies (Bri), Shanshan Feng (Chn), Karine Icher (Fra), Jeong Ji–min, Lorie Kane (Can), Kang Soo-yun, Kim Mi–hyun, Kim Joo–mi, Pernilla Lindberg (Swe), Grace Park, Park Hee–young, Mikaela Parmlid (Swe), Alena Sharp (Can), Marianne Skarpnord (Nor), Yani Tseng (Tpe); 76: Julieta Granada (Par), Maria Hernandez (Spa), Maria Hjorth (Swe), Mindy Kim, Candie Kung (Tpe), Lee Jee–young, Sarah Lee, Ai Miyazato (Jpn), Oh Ji–young, Karen Stupples (Bri); 77: Bae Kyeong, Marisa Baena (Col), Minea Blomqvist (Fin), Cho Mi-sun, Choi Hye–jung, Sandra Gal (Ger); 78: Tania Elosegui Mayor (Spa), Sarah Kemp (Aus), Momoko Ueda (Jpn), Yi Eun–jung; 79: Becky Morgan (Bri), Pak Se–ri.
Leading first round scores (US players unless stated): 64: Mathew Goggin (Aus), Padraig Harrington (Irl), Justin Rose (Bri), Charlie Wi (Kor); 65: Ben Curtis, Matt Jones (Aus), Corey Pavin, Aron Price (Aus), Vijay Singh (Fij), Kevin Sutherland, Bubba Watson; 66: Jason Bohn, Greg Chalmers (Aus), Joe Durant, Steve Elkington (Aus), Tim Herron, Kevin Johnson, Jerry Kelly, Billy Mayfair, David Toms; 67: Mathias Gronberg (Swe), Mark Hensby (Aus), Carl Pettersson (Swe); 68: Retief Goosen (Rsa), David Lutterus (Aus), Rod Pampling (Aus), Adam Scott (Aus), Michael Sim (Aus); 69: Aaron Baddeley (Aus), Daniel Chopra (Swe), Brian Davis (Bri), Martin Laird (Bri), James Nitties (Aus); 70: Stuart Appleby (Aus), Graham Delaet (Can), Brendon de Jonge (Zim); 71: Arjun Atwal (Ind), Henrik Bjornstad (Nor), Richard S. Johnson (Swe), Jarrod Lyle (Aus), Garth Mulroy (Rsa), Nick Taylor (Can); 72: Ryuji Imada (Jpn), Greg Owen (Bri), Brenden Pappas (Rsa); 73: Andrew McLardy (Rsa); 77: Cameron Percy (Aus).
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