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Phatlum claims early Lorena Ochoa Invitational lead
Guadalajara, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) – Pornanong Phatlum carded a 6-under
66 on Thursday to grab a 1-stroke lead at the end of the opening round of the
Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Phatlum is seeking her first official victory on the LPGA Tour. Phatlum has
recorded an unofficial win at the 2012 LPGA Brasil Cup.
“Well, today, my putting was very good,” said Phatlum. “I had a complete game
Amy Yang shot a 5-under 67 to sit in second place at Guadalajara Country Club,
while six-time winner this season Inbee Park is among three players sharing
third at 4-under 68.
Park is joined by So Yeon Ryu and Anna Nordqvist.
Michelle Wie and Jenny Shin are tied for sixth following their matching 69s.
Phatlum started her strong round with three straight birdies to quickly move
After parring her next three holes, she rolled in four gains in a six-hole
stretch from the seventh to jump to 7-under. A bogey at the 14th halted her
momentum, and she closed with four straight pars to set the clubhouse mark at
Yang, meanwhile, followed an opening par with a birdie at the second. She then
reeled off three straight gains from the fourth to make the turn at 4-under.
A birdie at the 11th pulled her within a stroke of the lead, but Yang later
bogeyed the 15th to fall two shots off the pace. She closed with a birdie at
the par-5 18th to move back within a stroke of Phatlum.
“I think I did everything so well today, especially putter,” stated Yang. “I
felt really good over the ball every time.”
Park recorded four birdies during her bogey-free round, while Ryu countered
two bogeys with six birdies and Nordqvist recorded five birdies and a bogey to
claim her portion of third place.
NOTES: Yang defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a playoff to capture her first victory
at the LPGA KEB – HanaBank Championship in October … Park can clinch the
Rolex Player of the Year honor with a win this week … Defending champion
Cristie Kerr struggled to a 5-over 77 during her opening round to sit in last
place of the 36-player field.