Manila Times - - WOMEN SPORTS - AFP

SEOUL: World No.2 Park Sung-Hyun KEB Hana Bank Cham­pi­onship South Korean Kim Min-Sun and Aus­tralia’s Min­jee Lee on Thurs­day.

Park, play­ing in a mouth-wa­ter­ing group­ing that fea­tured the game’s top three play­ers, carded six-un­der-par 66 to grab the joint overnight lead in In­cheon.

“I feel great hav­ing fin­ished the first round pretty well,” said Park, 24, after her round with top- ranked Ryu So- Yeon and world num­ber three Lexi Thomp­son at the SKY72 Golf & Re­sort.

“I hope that this mo­men­tum will last un­til the end,” she said.

Kim went on a streak of five birdies in a row to close out her front nine, be­fore fin­ish­ing with seven birdies against one bo­gey.

Thomp­son opened with a four­birdie 69 for a share of 13th, while Ryu, the front- run­ner for this sea­son’s Player of the Year award, scored a three-birdie 72 to lie 40th.

LPGA vet­eran Cristie Kerr, who just four days ago won the La­coste vic­tory on the Ladies Euro­pean Tour, scored 67 to lie one shot off the lead.

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