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Shin leads Ochoa by two at Samsung

Oct. 2, 2008 at 10:03 PM   |   Comments

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Defending Women's British Open champion Ji-Yai Shin shot a 67 Thursday to take the opening round lead at the Samsung World Championship in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Shin recorded a 5-under total at the Ocean Course of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links and was two shots in front of Paula Creamer. Two-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa shared third place at 3-under 69.

"I think as long as you finish in the red numbers, you are in a good position not too far from the lead," said Ochoa, the world's top-ranked player, who is looking for her eighth victory of the season.

Ochoa shared third place with Annika Sorenstam, a five-time winner of this event who has said she will retire at the end of the year.

Also tied for third were Angela Stanford, Na Yeon Choi, Song-Hee Kim and LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng.

The tournament features an elite field of 20 players.

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