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Redman leads LPGA tourney

VALLEJO, Calif., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Michele Redman bounced back from a difficult Solheim Cup match in record-setting fashion Thursday.

Redman fired a 7-under-par 65 to break the course record and grab a one-stroke lead over Annika Sorenstam after the opening round of the Samsung World Championship.

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Eleven days ago, on the final day of the Solheim Cup team competition, Redman squandered a 5-up lead with five holes to play and halved her match with Norway's Suzann Pettersen. She got a reprieve as the United States reclaimed the Cup with a three-point win.

"The way I look at it, I made a half-point there," Redman said Thursday. "If not for my 1 1/2 points that week, we don't win the Cup. I mean, (Pettersen) birdied three of the last five holes. It's not like I made bogeys coming in. Just one."

There were no bogeys Thursday as Redman matched the best opening round in tournament history and broke the Hiddebrooke Golf Club record set a year ago by Emilee Klein and Australia's Rachel Teske.

Last year, Redman struggled to an opening-round 76 at this elite field event and finished 15th.

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"I think my attitude is better," she said. "Last year, I was kind of tired at this time, but the last couple of events, I just think my attitude is a ton better this year."

Despite her record-setting afternoon, Redman was just one stroke ahead of Sorenstam, who notched her third hole-in-one on the LPGA Tour as she tries to become the first player to post nine wins in a season since Nancy Lopez in 1978.

"I have a lot of motivation," said Sorenstam, who has won her last two events. "I've won eight times, but there are still a lot of records on the LPGA (Tour) that I'd like to break. I'm motivated every day I get up. Now I'm playing so well, it makes it fun also. I just want to play the best I can and see what I can do this year."

Grace Park was two shots back after a 5-under 67 while Laura Diaz, Rosie Jones and Cristie Kerr opened with 68s.

This 72-hole event features the top 17 players on the money list as well as the leading money winners from Europe (Paula Marti), Korea (Mi Na Lee) and Japan (Mikino Kubo).

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Defending champion Dorothy Delasin was seven strokes off the pace after an even-par 72. Last year, she defeated Korea's Se Ri Pak and Australia's Karrie Webb by four shots.

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