Shin leads Women’s PGA

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

South Korean has a one-stroke lead over Canadian teen in open­ing round at Westch­ester.

South Korean Jenny Shin shot a bo­gey-free, seven-un­der-par 66 Thurs­day for a one-stroke lead af­ter the open­ing round at the KPMG Women’s PGA Cham­pi­onship, the sec­ond ma­jor of the sea­son.

Canadian teenager Brooke Hen­der­son had a three-putt bo­gey on her fi­nal hole to drop a shot back af­ter Shin birdied No. 18 at the Westch­ester Coun­try Club at Har­ri­son, N.Y.

Shin had five birdies and an ea­gle on the par-five 15th. The 17-year-old Hen­der­son, play­ing on a spon­sor ex­emp­tion, ea­gled the par-five 12th. Hall of Famer Kar­rie Webb birdied three of the first four holes and fin­ished at 68.

Ryan Palmer, Brooks Koepka and Greg Owen shot six-un­der 64 for a three-way tie atop the leader­board af­ter the open­ing round of the St. Jude Clas­sic at Mem­phis, Tenn. Palmer, a three-time PGA Tour win­ner, turned in a bo­gey-free round with six birdies in the af­ter­noon. Phil Mick­el­son was in a group at 68. Dustin John­son with­drew af­ter nine holes be­cause of ill­ness.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Bern­hard Langer had four birdies on the fi­nal five holes to tie a course record with a six-un­der-par 65 in the first round of the Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship at Bel­mont, Mass. Guy Boros, Lee Janzen, and Rocco Me­di­ate were tied for sec­ond at 67.

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