Kim Hyo-joo and Park Sung-hyun tied for 18th place in LPGA Portland Classic at 4-under par in 1R.
Hyo Joo Kim and Sung Hyun Park are tied for 18th place after the first day of the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour’s Portland Classic ($1.5 million purse).
Hyo Joo Kim carded six birdies and two bogeys for a 4-under 68 and is tied for 18th after the first round of the tournament at Columbia Edgewater Country Club (Par 72, 6,467 yards) in Portland, Oregon, USA.
She is five strokes off the pace of Perrine Delacour (FRA), who shot a 9-under 63 to take sole possession of the lead.
Kim leads the LPGA Tour in scoring average (69.91 strokes per round) this season through the most recent CPKC Women’s Open.
A consistent performer who has made the cut in all 14 LPGA Tour events she has played this season, with eight top-10 finishes, Kim is off to a strong start in this event.
After teeing off on the first hole of the day in drizzly conditions, Kim started the day with a birdie on the par-4 fourth hole, dropping one stroke in the first half and three more in the second.
She never missed a fairway and hit 66.7 percent (12-of-18) of her greens in regulation. He made 26 putts.
Park, who has yet to finish in the top 10 in 14 events this season, also tied for 18th at 4-under with five birdies and a bogey.
Park hasn’t added to her win total since winning the Arkansas Championship in June 2019, with a tie for 39th at the ShopRite Classic in June being her best finish so far this season.
Last week, she missed the cut at the CPKC Women’s Open after struggling to a 10-over-par first day, but saw a glimmer of hope today as she posted her best score of the year.
Sitting in a tie for sixth place (6-under 66), she is two shots off the pace and well within striking distance of a top-10 finish.
“I felt very comfortable with my shots and my putts today,” said Park, who hit only half the fairways (8/14) and greens (9/18) on the day but needed just 23 putts. “The birdie on the 16th (par-3) was the most memorable, as it was both a good tee shot and a good putt,” he said.
“I thought it was going to stop raining in the afternoon, but it didn’t, so it was a little bit of a struggle, but overall I think I shot a good score because I didn’t lose my swing rhythm,” he said, adding, “I’m going to try to do my best on the last three days.”
The 2019 LPGA Secondary Tour Player of the Year, who is yet to win on the regular tour, swept to a share of the lead with nine birdies without a bogey, while Korean-American Gina Kim (USA) was one shot back in second (8-under 64).
World No. 2 Nelly Koda is tied for third (7-under 65), followed by last week’s CPKC Open winner Megan Kang and defending champion Andrea Lee (USA) in a tie for sixth (6-under 66).
Choi Hye-jin and Jang Hyo-joon are tied for 30th (3-under 69) with 2015 and 2016 winner Brooke Henderson (CAN), while Kim In-kyung is tied for 44th (2-under 70) after the first round.
Kim, Jeon, and Hae Ran are tied for 70th (1-under 71) with world No. 1 Lilia Boo (USA), 카지노사이트넷 while Lydia Ko (New Zealand) is tied for 87th (even-par 72).