Hannah Inexperienced Takes 1-Stroke Lead at LPGA Lotte Championship | Sports activities Information

By KALANI TAKASE, Related Press

EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — Hannah Inexperienced shot a 6-under 66 on Wednesday to take the lead after the primary spherical of the LPGA Lotte Championship.

Inexperienced had eight birdies, together with 5 on the entrance 9, at breezy Hoakalei Nation Membership, a first-time venue within the tenth version of the match. The Australian hit 11 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation and wanted simply 26 putts.

“I’ve been hitting the ball good,” Inexperienced stated. “I simply felt like with the putter I simply wanted to see a pair go in. So, that’s type of what led to my rating at this time. Holed a pair longer ones, which is good. Simply made the outlet really feel slightly bit larger.”

She received each her tour titles in 2019, taking the foremost KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship and the Cambia Portland Traditional.

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“I actually take pleasure in coming to Hawaii,” Inexperienced stated. “It’s such a relaxed vibe, and I feel that’s what we’d like slightly bit extra of once we’re on the golf course. This afternoon, I’m in all probability going to go to the seaside. Hopefully, doesn’t get an excessive amount of windier or won’t be too nice.”

Hyo Joo Kim, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Aditi Ashok, Alison Lee and Gemma Dryburgh have been a stroke again.

“We have been fortunate to get out type of earlier than it actually began blowing,” Dryburgh stated. “Once we made the flip it obtained fairly robust. Yeah, simply used my Scottish information.”

Defending champion Lydia Ko opened with a bogey-free 69.

“I felt like I saved it in play for many components,” Ko stated. “The wind picked up rather a lot over my again 9, which is the entrance 9, so it made it quite a bit harder on the market.”

Brooke Henderson, the one participant to have received the match twice, had a 74. She had back-to-back bogeys on the sixth and seventh holes, then dropped two extra strokes with a double bogey on the 180-yard, par-3 ninth.

Jennifer Kupcho, coming off a serious victory two weeks in the past at Rancho Mirage within the California desert, additionally posted a 74 and is tied for 77th.

Danielle Kang, who owns 4 top-10 finishes this yr, together with a win on the season-opening Diamond Resorts Match of Champions in January and is third within the Rolex Participant of the 12 months level standings, withdrew from the sector following her spherical of 76 as a result of damage.

Inbee Park, who completed tied for second ultimately yr’s Lotte Championship, opened with a spherical of 80, her highest single-round rating because the second spherical of the 2019 Mediheal Championship, when she additionally shot an 8-over 80.

The occasion was performed at Ko Olina Golf Membership for its first eight years, was canceled in 2020 and moved to Kapolei Golf Membership final yr.

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