South Korean posts bogey-free round in her 1st U.S. start of year to grab 1-stroke lead at Aviara Golf Club in California
6: Number of birdies that South Korean’s Inbee Park made in a bogey-free 66 as she led the first round of the LPGA’s Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. Park, 32, a 20-time winner on the LPGA, ran off five birdies on her final 10 holes at Aviara Golf Club to build a one-stroke lead in her first U.S. start of the year. South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim offset three bogeys, including on her first and last holes, to make eight birdies and salvage a 5-under 67 for second place. South Korea’s In Gee Chun, Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, Germany’s Sophia Popov and England’s Mel Reid shared third place at 68. Mina Harigae was the top American, tied with South Korea’s Amy Yang at 69. Michelle Wie West shot 81 in her first appearance since she gave birth in June to daughter Makenna, her first child with husband Jonnie West, a Golden State Warriors executive. The tournament is the LPGA’s final event before the women’s tour’s first major championship, next week’s ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (scores).
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