PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — I.K. Kim birdied the first four holes on the back nine Thursday and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Portland Classic.
The South Korean player birdied seven of the first 13 holes and closed her afternoon round with five straight pars. She won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010.
"I hit the ball well and made some putts coming down ... there was a couple of tricky holes coming down the stretch, so I'm very pleased with how I finished. Solid round, yeah," Kim said. "My game's feeling good. Just need to keep playing."
Kim, the winner of a Ladies European Tour event in England in July, tied for 42nd last week in the Canadian Women's Open.
"The putting was a little bit — a little disappointing," Kim said.
She nearly won the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship for her first major title, but missed a 14-inch putt on the final hole of regulation and lost to Sun Young Yoo in a playoff.
Amelia Lewis and Jennifer Song were a shot back in ideal conditions at Columbia Edgewater. Lewis, winless on the tour, had a bogey-free round.
"I've been working on my swing a little bit and tweaking a few things, and now it's coming back and working out. So it's going to be a good end of the year," Lewis said.
Anna Nordqvist, a two-time winner this year, was another stroke back at 67 along with Mina Harigae, Julieta Granada, Laura Diaz, Alison Walshe, Emma Jandel and Paula Reto.
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