Jutanugarn, Yang shoot 66 to share lead at LPGA Thailand

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Pattaya (AP) – Ariya Jutanugarn and Amy Yang both shot 6-under 66 in the first round Thursday to take a share of the lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn tees off on the opening hole during round 1 of the Honda LPGA Thailand 2017 golf tournament at Siam Country Club Old Course in Pattaya, Thursday, Feb. 23. (Photo courtesy LPGA)
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn tees off on the opening hole during round 1 of the Honda LPGA Thailand 2017 golf tournament at Siam Country Club Old Course in Pattaya, Thursday, Feb. 23. (Photo courtesy LPGA)

Jutanugarn, the Thai No. 1 and ranked second in the world, had six birdies while Yang, the 2015 champion, had seven birdies and a bogey at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course.

“In the middle, during the round, I had some time I couldn’t control the ball, but I still had a lot of good shots,” said Yang, who is from Taiwan.  “Gave myself a lot of good opportunities out there.”

Ryann O’Toole, Sei Young Kim, Minjee Lee and Shanshan Feng were a stroke behind the leaders.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko (70) had five birdies and three bogeys, while former No. 1 Inbee Park shot a 72 in her first action since winning the Olympic gold medal last year.

“I don’t feel much of the injury anymore,” said Park, the winner in Pattaya in 2013. “Ball-striking was really good today. Just around the greens wasn’t as sharp as I wanted. Obviously that’s just going to happen. Just got to be patient.”