The Commercial Appeal

Kim shoots 66 to lead Women’s Open


South Korea’s Ha-Neul Kim upstaged friend Inbee Park to take the first-round lead at her first U. S. Women’s Open at Southampto­n, N.Y.

Kim shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Thursday at Sebonack to lead Park by a stroke. The top-ranked Park is trying to make history by winning the first three majors of the year.

“I’m enjoying myself,” Kim said through a translator. “I’m not really thinking about winning or results but enjoying the moment.”

A member of the Korean LPGA Tour, Kim is a seventime winner in South Korea. She birdied her second-tolast hole with daylight waning to claim the lead after Park held it for most of the day with her 67 in the morning.

American Lizette Salas, Swedes Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist, and South Korea’s I.K. Kim shot 68. Given just 10 days to make a selection, Tigers fans cast 2,997 of the approximat­ely 6,000 total votes for floor design No. 1, the city skyline/ bridge option.

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