Ryu takes early lead in LPGA LOTTE tournament

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2014 at 12:15 am •  Published: April 17, 2014
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KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — South Korea's Se Ri Pak, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu each shot a 4-under 68 on Wednesday for a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after a breezy first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

Winless in 2013, Pak played the back nine in 2-under 34 in her afternoon round. She had birdies on the par-5 13th and par-4 17th, to go along with an eagle on the par-5 5th.

Kim, the 2012 China Ladies Open champion, had five birdies. She had her only bogey on her final hole of the day on the par-4 9th.

"Except for the very final hole here, the putting in general was really good for the day, so I was really happy," Kim said.

Ryu, the 2012 LPGA Rookie of the Year, got off to a nice start in her morning round. She birdied three of the first five holes, teeing off from the front nine into the wind. She finished with five birdies and one bogey.

Ryu said she was able to clear her mind with a week off after a bad result at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she tied for 46th.

"I really don't think about score or my performance. I just focus on the present, not worry about any (potentially) difficult holes," Ryu said.