Brit­tany builds on good form to up­stage big names in Ja­pan

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AMER­I­CAN Brit­tany Lang up­staged the world’s best with a siz­zling six-un­der-par on Fri­day to take a one-shot lead af­ter the first round of the USLPGA Tour Mizuno Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment in Shima, Ja­pan.

South Korea’s Park HeeY­oung and Nobuko Kizawa of Ja­pan were in sec­ond place in the $1.4-mil­lion tour na­ment af­ter card­ing 67s, while world num­ber one Lorena Ochoa strug­gled with a 71 to be tied for 32nd.

Lang, who carded one ea­gle, five birdies and a bo­gey at the par-72 Kin­tetsu Kashiko­jima course, said she was elated to have given her­self a chance for a maiden tour win.

“I want to have rounds like this, where I don’t have many mis­takes, and I just keep putting my­self in a po­si­tion to win. It’s go­ing to hap­pen sooner or later, so I just have to try to play my best ev­ery day,” said Lang.

The world num­ber 33 said she went into the tour­na­ment in good form af­ter five top 10 fin­ishes this sea­son that se­cured her more than $ 543,000 in prize money.

“I’ve had a very good year. I’ve played a lot of re­ally good golf,” she said.

“The birdies on the last two holes built con­fi­dence for to­mor­row,” she said.

Ja­pan’s Momoko Ueda, the 2007 cham­pion, was with a group of three other play­ers tied for fourth on 68. Along­side her were Korean pair Song BoBae and Jeon Mi-Jeong, and Amer­i­can Vicky Hurst.

De­fend­ing cham­pion and world num­ber two Shin Ji-Yai of South Korea was tied for eighth place with 12 other golfers on 69.

Ochoa said she was dis­ap­pointed with a slow start to her round and a frus­trat­ing day in which her irons were off tar­get.

“I didn’t make a birdie un­til the eighth hole. When you just have two birdies, that’s not enough. So I think I need to strike my iron shots a lit­tle bit closer to­mor­row. Hope­fully I will have a bet­ter day to­mor­row,” she said. – Sapa-AFP

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