In-Kyung Kim Fires First Round 63, Leads 2011 Honda LPGA Thailand After Round 1

In-Kyung Kim

South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim blasted out of the gates during the first round of the 2011 LPGA Tour season, knocking down 9 birdies against no bogeys on her way to an opening round 9-under par 63 and a 3 shot lead at the 2011 Honda LPGA Thailand. But beware In-Kyung, the red hot Yani Tseng is one of the players only 3 shots back after a similar bogey free round of 66, which included back to back birdies on 1 and 2 to start her round and back to back birdies to finish her round on 17 and 18. The othe player 3 back is Hall of Famer Juli Inkster. Her round was a bit more of a rollercoaster with 1 eagle (on the par 5 7th), 7 birdies and 3 bogeys. Although her round was not as clean as Yani Tseng’s, at the end of the day Juli has a matching 66 to put herself in striking distance of In-Kyung.

Michelle Wie

Although In-Kyung had a big first round, all golf fans know tournaments are not won in the first round. There are a lot of players under par in Thailand. At this point, with a few rounds still to play and good scoring conditions, I’d say anybody at 3-under or better is in striking distance. Currently, that would include top players Catriona Matthew, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie and Sun Young Yoo.  Getting off to slow starts were 2010 champion Ai Miyazato at 3-over par and world #2 Jiyai Shin at +1. They still have time, but with so many players going low, they will need to have a round similar to In-Kyung’s 63 to get back into it.

POS START CNTRY PLAYER TO PAR THRU TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 KOR KIM, I.K. -9 F -9 63 63
T2 USA INKSTER, Juli -6 F -6 66 66
T2 TWN TSENG, Yani -6 F -6 66 66
4 GBR MATTHEW, Catriona -5 F -5 67 67
5 NOR PETTERSEN, Suzann -4 F -4 68 68
T6 KOR CHOI, Na Yeon -3 F -3 69 69
T6 USA CREAMER, Paula -3 F -3 69 69
T6 USA LEWIS, Stacy -3 F -3 69 69
T6 USA WIE, Michelle -3 F -3 69 69
T6 KOR YOO, Sun Young -3 F -3 69 69
T11 SWE HJORTH, Maria -2 F -2 70 70
T11 TWN KUNG, Candie -2 F -2 70 70
T11 JPN MIYAZATO, Mika -2 F -2 70 70
T11 THA PHATLUM, Pornanong -2 F -2 70 70
T11 USA PRESSEL, Morgan -2 F -2 70 70
T11 GBR STUPPLES, Karen -2 F -2 70 70
T11 JPN UEDA, Momoko -2 F -2 70 70
T18 USA GULBIS, Natalie -1 F -1 71 71
T18 KOR HUR, M.J. -1 F -1 71 71
T18 KOR KANG, Jimin -1 F -1 71 71
T18 USA KERR, Cristie -1 F -1 71 71
T18 USA MCPHERSON, Kristy -1 F -1 71 71
T18 ZAF PACE, Lee-Anne -1 F -1 71 71
T18 USA PRAMMANASUDH, Stacy -1 F -1 71 71
T18 USA WARD, Wendy -1 F -1 71 71
T26 CHN FENG, Shanshan E F E 72 72
T26 KOR LEE, Seon Hwa E F E 72 72
T26 KOR PARK, Inbee E F E 72 72
T26 KOR PARK, Hee Young E F E 72 72
T26 ESP RECARI, Beatriz E F E 72 72
T26 COL URIBE, Mariajo E F E 72 72
T32 KOR BAE, Kyeong +1 F +1 73 73
T32 USA BLUMENHERST, Amanda +1 F +1 73 73
T32 KOR JUTANUGARN, Moriya +1 F +1 73 73
T32 USA KIM, Christina +1 F +1 73 73
T32 USA KORDA, Jessica +1 F +1 73 73
T32 USA LANG, Brittany +1 F +1 73 73
T32 USA LINCICOME, Brittany +1 F +1 73 73
T32 KOR SHIN, Jiyai +1 F +1 73 73
T32 KOR YANG, Amy +1 F +1 73 73
T41 THA JUTANUGARN, Ariya +2 F +2 74 74
T41 KOR KIM, Song-Hee +2 F +2 74 74
T41 AUS WEBB, Karrie +2 F +2 74 74
T44 DEU GAL, Sandra +3 F +3 75 75
T44 AUS HULL, Katherine +3 F +3 75 75
T44 TWN HUNG, Amy +3 F +3 75 75
T44 JPN MIYAZATO, Ai +3 F +3 75 75
T44 FRA NOCERA, Gwladys +3 F +3 75 75
T44 KOR PAK, Se Ri +3 F +3 75 75
T44 USA STANFORD, Angela +3 F +3 75 75
T51 USA HURST, Vicky +4 F +4 76 76
T51 FRA ICHER, Karine +4 F +4 76 76
T51 USA SONG, Jennifer +4 F +4 76 76
T54 KOR HAN, Hee-Won +5 F +5 77 77
T54 ESP MUNOZ, Azahara +5 F +5 77 77
T56 USA CASTRALE, Nicole +6 F +6 78 78
T56 SWE GUSTAFSON, Sophie +6 F +6 78 78
T56 KOR LEE, Meena +6 F +6 78 78
T56 SWE NORDQVIST, Anna +6 F +6 78 78
60 THA YOKTUAN, Pavarisa +7 F +7 79 79

In-Kyung Kim

Juli Inkster

Yani Tseng

Michelle Wie

Ai-chan

Morgan Pressel

Paula Creamer

Vicky Hurst

Suzann Pettersen

Beatriz Recari

Jiyai Shin

Shanshan Feng

Se Ri Pak

Catriona Matthew

Na Yeon Choi

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