There are three Ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard in Hawaii at the LPGA Lotte Championship being played on the Ko Olina Golf Club course.
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South Koreans Se Ri Pak, Se Yeon Ryu and Hyo Joo Kim sit atop of the leaderboard in the LPGA Lotte Championship after recording first round scores of -4 under par 68.
Se Yeon Ryu was first in the clubhouse at -4 under par and reported that the wind was so strong it made it a hard day;
“The wind was pretty strong, so it was really hard to play with this much strong wind. The most difficult part was sometimes gust wind is super extremely strong, so also it was affecting the putting. It was really hard to read a line. The really good thing is my iron shot was really nice, so my birdie putt is almost just short.”
Se Ri Pak had an Eagle today, at the par five 5th. She has also reverted back to cross-handed putting, not a good sign of a confident putter, but she seems happy with it;
” I think that most of the last few years have been giving little time for my putting, but the last couple of weeks have more consistency. I feel great and I make some more putts that I’m supposed to make, so that’s giving more momentum as we walk to the next hole. That helps a lot.”
“That’s all I have right now, it’s more comfort with the golf course and hitting a lot more better, like more great tempo, my putting is more solid, I guess overall my game has gotten together to make it score well.”
Hyo Joo Kim was bogey free through 17 holes, but sadly three putted the last;
” Except for the very final hole here, the putting in general was really good for the day. So I was really happy with my putting in general except for the 9th hole here.”
Ayako Uehara sits in solo fourth and one shot back at 3-under par. while Michelle Wie, Inbee Park and the amateur So Young Lee are in close contention at -2 under par.
Michelle was having a great time;
“It’s awesome, I’m having a blast out here. It’s great to see a lot of friends out there today. Hopefully more will show up in the next three days. I like I said, I think I’m in a good position and see what I can do in the next three days.”
Inbee mentioned the wind getting up, and also her good putting;
” Obviously, the wind wasn’t blowing as hard for my first five holes, then it started to really blow. I’ve never seen this golf course playing this hard before. It’s been definitely the most it’s blown so far.”
“The greens seems like it’s a little bit more slippery, especially downwind. I had trouble on the back nine with controlling the distance. I hit it over the couple of greens. It was almost impossible to get it up‑and‑down from there. A couple of mistakes on the back nine, but I feel like I’m putting a lot better than I have this season.”