Chun, Park share first-round lead at Evian Championship

Chun, Park share first-round lead at Evian Championship

Chun, Park share first-round lead at Evian Championship

While Ko's play was patchy, with a bogey and only two birdies, her rival Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand had a day to forget with a 2-over 73 featuring a triple bogey.

Korean Park, a non-member of the LPGA Tour who led during this year's US Women's Open where she tied for third, grabbed a share of the lead by sinking a 6m birdie putt at the 18th.

"But, from the tenth, I wasn't hitting fairways".Chun, won last year's U.S. Open victor, credited her commitment to her reads on the greens and her playing partners, Ariya Jutanugarn and Julia Engstrom for her strong play.

"Before the round I felt really nervous today and it was windy and there was a thunderstorm this morning, so I tried to focus more on my game", Chun said. "I want to be happy on the course", she said. "She's so sweet. Thanks to them for making me feel comfortable".

Ko tees off the defence of her Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France on Thursday night (NZ time). "Also the atmosphere is a little different, and of course the course setup is a bit more hard than what it is, so I'm the one that always really enjoys the challenge", said Ryu. She's long but accurate. I've got unbelievable memories of winning here previous year.

When Ko sank her first birdie of the day, a 15-meter effort on the fifth hole, it drew a rueful smile from Pettersen, who had just missed with her birdie attempt from a similar distance.

But she has kicked on in that department this season, with three top-three finishes in majors this year, including a win at the ANA Inspiration.

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Late in the day Park carded six birdies over her final 10 holes to joint her compatriot at the top of the leaderboard with a one-stroke advantage over Annie Park. Ryu is one of only two players on Tour this year to record top-20 finishes in each of the year's first four majors. She's playing for her second major title, trying to add to her 2011 U.S. Women's Open win. You know, just the big buildup going towards it, and ever since "09, since they first announced that golf would be in the Olympics, I wanted to make sure that I was there in Rio".

"She's a very, very good player".

Jin Young Ko sits five shots back of the lead entering the second round after an opening round 68.

That sees the 19-year-old world No1 leading the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award for 2016.

But Brittany Lang, the US Women's Open champion, won't be collecting a second major this year.

"I feel a lot of adrenaline this week just because of everyone here, and I don't feel physically exhausted, which is obviously a good state to go into a big week".

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