Jiyah Shin shares LPGA lead in Japan
Jiyai Shin has surged away to a hot start in defence of her newly-regained World No 1 crown at the LPGA Mizuno Classic.
Newly promoted World No 1 Jiyai Shin has grabbed a share of the first-round lead after surging away to a hot start in defence of her world crown at the LPGA Mizuno Classic in Japan on Friday.
The Korean star is tied with Japan native Yukari Baba after both posted impressive 7-under 65s in thew first round of this 54-hole tournament at the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Shima-Shi.
Shin made nine birdies, six of them by the 11th hole ands although she bogeyed 12 and 14 , she managed to get both shots back with further birdies at 15 and 16,.
Baba dropped only one stroke at the 12th and then birdied three of the next four as the leading pair edged one shot clear of the third-placed American Morgan Pressel.
Looking back at her round, a somewhat glum Shin said: “It looks great if you have a look at my score, but there were a lot of shots and putts that I regret, so I am not satisfied with my golf,”
“This year I focused more on playing consistent golf, and it has been working well. I have two more tournaments this year and if I could win either one of them, I would be able to spend a happy, warm winter.”
Baba, meanwhile, carded eight birdies and a bogey in her 65.
“I had a great day, and it seems like a chance just rolled into me,” she said.
“But they are a lot of excellent USLPGA players this week and I know they will shoot lower numbers. So I will just try to play my game.”
Pressel birdied four of the last six holes to post a 66, while last week’s champion Na Yeon Choi, after a flawless five-birdie opener, shares fourth place with French women Karine Icher, who handed in a mixed card which included one eagle, six birdies and three dropped shots.
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