Yuka Saso and Brittany Altomare shared the lead in the opening spherical of the LPGA Lotte Championship on Wednesday, ending atop a good leaderboard that additionally contains Canadian Brooke Henderson in search of her third straight title.
Saso, a 19-year-old from the Philippines who made historical past for her nation with double Asian Games golf gold in 2018, was first in the clubhouse on eight-under par 64, racing dwelling with 4 of her eight birdies at her final 4 holes.
American Altomare adopted with an much more spectacular surge, stringing collectively seven straight birdies after the activate the way in which to 9 birdies and a bogey for an eight-under whole.
Saso, a two-time winner on the Japan LPGA tour, stated there was no actual secret to her success at Kapolei Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii.
“I made some good putts, had good up and downs, my driving was very consistent today,” stated Saso, who’s enjoying this week on a sponsor’s exemption.
Saso is aware of the going could possibly be more durable when she tees off in the afternoon on Friday, when the wind is prone to be extra of an element.
“Back nine the wind did get stronger than this morning,” stated Saso, who opened with a birdie on 10 and added birdies at 17 and 18 and the fourth earlier than reeling off birdies at six, seven, eight and 9.
“I think I just have to be careful with my drives, keep it in the fairway as much as possible, and trust the process.”
Nelly Korda teed off in the afternoon group and made a cost up the leaderboard to complete one again of the leaders at seven beneath 65. Henderson shot a four-under 68 to sit down simply 4 strokes again of Altomare and Saso.
Altomare, ranked 52nd in the world and in search of her first LPGA Tour win, opened with a birdie at the tenth and was one-under at the flip after a birdie at 14 and a bogey at 15.
She then birdied seven straight from the primary by means of the seventh earlier than ending with back-to-back pars.
Like Nelly Korda, South Korean Ryu So-yeon and American Ally Ewing have been on seven-under, every with seven birdies in bogey-free rounds. Korda completed with eight birdies and 9 pars. Her solely blemish was a bogey on the par-three fifth.
One shot again is Stacy Lewis, who shot a six-under 66.
World quantity three Kim Sei-young of South Korea, who received the match in 2015, fired a 67 and was tied with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, American Jessica Korda, Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, Taiwan’s Hsu Wei-ling, South Korean Lee Mi-hyang and beginner Rose Zhang.
Henderson and China’s Lily Muni He lead a pack of golfers all tied at 4 beneath.
Henderson has an opportunity to develop into the primary LPGA participant to earn a three-peat since South Korea’s Park In-bee at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship from 2013 to 2015.