Shin and Kim out in front
South Koreans Song-Hee Kim and Jiyai Shin shared the lead after the 1st round of the Samsung World Championship.
South Koreans Song-Hee Kim and Jiyai Shin shared the lead after Thursday’s first round of the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Southern California.
In benign conditions the two ended the day at six-under, Shin, still a LPGA Tour rookie but already a three time winner his season and currently World No 4, building her score around four birdies on the back nine, while Kim set the pace with five birdies over her first eight holes.
The Koreans lead the elite, 20-strong field by just one stroke from World No one, Lorena Ochoa of Mexico and Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson.
Paula Creamer, who won this tournament last year, finished day one three shots off the pace and, like chasing pack front runners, Ochoa and Gustafson, is still very much a contender
Kim, who finished second to Creamer last year, had been expecting tougher conditions.
“Overall I think the greens were difficult to read out here today,” she said.
“I expected the wind to play a major role but actually it wasn’t so bad and it wasn’t much of a factor.”
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
(USA unless stated, par 72):
66 Jiyai Shin (Kor), Song-Hee Kim (Kor)
67 Lorena Ochoa (Mex), Sophie Gustafson (Swe)
68 Ai Miyazato (Jpn), Juli Inkster
69 Paula Creamer
70 Brittany Lincicome
71 Anna Nordqvist (Swe), Na Yeon Choi (Kor), Suzann Pettersen (Nor)
72 In-Kyung Kim (Kor), Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford
73 Lindsey Wright (Aus), Karrie Webb (Aus), Kristy McPherson
74 Catriona Matthew (Sco)
75 Yani Tseng (Tai)
78 Eun Hee Ji (Kor)
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