LPGA: Choi putts way to LPGA lead

SYLVANIA, Ohio, July 1 (UPI) -- South Korea's Na Yeon Choi shot a 7-under 64 to take the first-round lead Thursday at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Choi had eight birdies and one bogey on the Highland Meadows course to take a one-shot lead over Alena Sharp.


Christina Kim, Marisa Baena and Karine Icher were another stroke further back at 5-under 66, while world No. 3 Jiyai Shin led a group of six players tied at 67.

Choi carded her lowest score since a 64 in the final round of the LPGA Tour Championship in November. She is a two-time winner on tour with both victories coming in 2009.

Choi credited a new putter with injecting new life in her game. She required just 22 putts over 18 holes to complete the round.

"I felt I needed to trust myself more," Choi said. "So I changed putters for good setup and trust."

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