HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., June 5 (UPI) -- Emily Bastel and Lorie Kane became unlikely co-leaders Thursday in the opening round of the McDonald's LPGA Championship -- the second major event of the year.
Bastel, the top player on the Futures Tour last year, and Kane, a Canadian veteran who has not won since 2001, shared the top spot at 6-under 66. They were one shot in front of Lindsey Wright.
Lorena Ochoa, the world's top-ranked player who is seeking her third consecutive major title, was tied for ninth after firing a 69. The round included a penalty stroke that led to a double bogey at the 13th hole of the Bulle Rock course.
"I think I did okay," Ochoa said. "I didn't get too stressed (after the double bogey)."