Christina Kim leads LPGA event

July 17, 2008 at 8:42 PM
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 17 (UPI) -- Christina Kim's 9-under-par 63 Thursday gave her a one-stroke lead over Sun Young Yoo through 18 holes at the LPGA's State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill.

Kim's key shot in the first round, an eagle at the par-4 16th hole, followed five birdies and put her in control.

"It was a thrilling day, but it took me a couple holes to get my head out of my way, I guess," Kim said. "It's funny to say, but I had defending runner-up jitters on the first tee."

In 2007, Kim finished second to Sherri Steinhauer.

Kristy McPherson and Jee Young Lee share third place at 7-under 65 while a group of five players share fifth at 6-under 66.

In her best career effort on the women's tour, Michelle Wie shot 5-under 67 to join six others in a tie for 10th place and Steinhauer shot 3-over 75.

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