Hae Ran Lee leads after first round.
South Korea’s Hae Ran Lee shot a 7-under 64 in the first round of the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship ($2.3 million purse) on the Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour at Pinnacle Country Club (par-71) in Rogers, Arkansas, USA, on Tuesday.
With a one-stroke victory over a nine-player tie for second, including Shin Ji-Eun and Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Hae-Ran finished near the top of the leaderboard and set the stage for her first career victory.
Since joining the LPGA Tour this year, Hae-ran has yet to report a win, but she has been one of the most consistent rookies with five top-10 finishes. This consistency has kept her in first place in the Rookie of the Year race, well ahead of Grace Kim (AUS), who won the Lotte Open. With her first win, Hae-ran will be able to clinch the Rookie of the Year title.
On the day, Hae-ran shot well enough to set a new LPGA Tour record for lowest individual score. She was nearly perfect on 18 holes, not missing a single green. She didn’t even miss the fairway on 13 holes, including five par-3s. She had no bogeys and made seven birdie putts.
Haziran had previously shot a 64 in the third round of the Drive-On Championship in March. That time, the course was par 72, so he shot 8-under par. This was actually her second-lowest round.먹튀검증
Ji-Eun Shin missed just one green and made six birdies to move into contention, while Lydia Ko, returning from a missed cut in South Korea, made seven birdies and one bogey as her long putts came alive. Yuka Saso (JPN), Lexi Thompson (USA) and Hannah Green (AUS) also joined her in the top two, setting up a fierce battle. Korean-American Christina Kim (USA) carded a 6-under 65 to finish in a tie for second place.
Lee Jeong-eun and Ji Eun-hee Lee, both born in 1988, shot a 4-under 67 to finish the first round in a tie for 18th place. ’96 ‘Hot Six’ Lee Jung-eun, Yang Hee-young and Park Geum-kang followed at 3-under 68. Kim Hyo-joo and Jeon In-ji were only one stroke off the pace and tied for 75th.