Four share lead at LPGA tournament in South Korea

Oct. 18, 2013 at 7:27 AM
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INCHEON, South Korea, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Amy Yang reeled of five consecutive birdies Friday en route to sharing a four-player lead after the first round of South Korea's LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship.

Yang's string of birdies came over holes 4-8 and allowed her to post a 5-under-par 67. That left her tied with Katherine Hull-Kirk, Anna Nordqvist and Pak Ju-young for the lead in the 54-hole event.

Caroline Hedwall, despite a double bogey and a bogey, is alone in fifth one stroke off the lead. Seven players, including defending champion Suzann Pettersen, Jiyai Shin and Michelle Wie, are tied at 3-under 69. World No. 1-ranked Inbee Park is in a group of five at 2-under.

Hull-Kirk, starting at No. 11, had five birdies in the first five holes and played the front nine even with two birdies and two bogeys.

Nordqvist scattered six birdies and one bogey across her card. Pak rebounded from a third-hole bogey with three birdies in the next four holes. She had three more in the first five holes of the back nine.

Yang had a 5 on the par-4 second hole before her birdie string started two holes later. She added a birdie at 11 for her 67.

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