LPGA Tour: Jeongeun Lee6 leads after 64, Nelly Korda and Georgia Hall in contention | Golf news

Jeongeun Lee6 touched all fairways and greens in regulation while also making eight birdies to take a one-shot lead in the LPGA Tour season finale in Florida, while Nelly Korda, Georgia Hall and Leona Maguire had all made excellent starts.

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Jeongeun Lee6 leads after a first lap 64

Jeongeun Lee6 started off with eight Under-64s to lead the CME Group Tour championship as Georgia Hall and Leona Maguire had a positive start in Florida.

Lee6 clearly found the Gold Course at the Tiburon Golf Club to her liking as she hit every fairway and green in good standing, birding four of the final five holes to take the lead on day one.

Celine Boutier was also bogeyless in her 65s as she shared second place with Mina Harigae, Jennifer Kupcho and Sei Young Kim, while Boutier’s Solheim Cup teammates Hall and Maguire achieved solid 67s.

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Lee6 is only making her second appearance in the LPGA Tour season finale, and she was understandably thrilled to be positioning herself for her first win of 2021 after a year struggling with her swing issues.

Lee6 touched every fairway and green in regulation

Lee6 touched every fairway and green in regulation

“I had a great time today. My goal was to be free (of) bogeys, so yeah I did,” said Lee6. “My feeling is improving so my goal is to win once this year, but unfortunately there is only one tournament left. I will do my best.

“I corrected my swing this year so my swing has not been perfect all year round. I correct the backswing and downswing. These days my backswing is very comfortable so I can be very precise and aggressive.”

Nelly Korda tied Lee6’s total of eight birdies, but the world No. 1 putted three putts for bogey twice on the return nine as she returned a 66 which gave her the advantage over the leader. current Race to CME Globe, Jin Young Ko, who shot 69.

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“I just hit him really well and made myself look good within 10 feet,” Korda said. “I had two ‘oopsies’ with two three putts, but I think I hit most of the greens and looked really good.

“I think I only missed two shots where I was a little too aggressive. When I’m aggressive they have a bit more form on them. But I think overall I’m pretty good. succeeded and I hope to be able to wear in the next three days. “

Hall was four under the turn after a pair of birdies and a monster putt for the Eagle in the sixth, although his attempt to emulate Charley Hull’s 2016 victory in Napoli stalled a bit on the back nine, where she mixed up three more birdies with two dropped shots.

Nelly Korda has only two delays after the first day

Nelly Korda has only two delays after the first day

“I was glad I was the first because I thought I would avoid the rain,” said Hall, who mocked his early tee time and only missed a fairway and a green . “But the course is in great shape. The greens are probably one of the best I’ve played in the past four or five years.

“I haven’t had a win this year, but I’d say it’s probably my best season apart from winning. I’ve been in a few major tournaments, which I was very happy with and very consistent with this year. also and I had a really good half year in the middle of the year so I would say I’m very happy with how it turned out.

“Obviously I would like to have a win and still have a chance, but yeah, that’s just my goal for next year.”

Ko’s 69 was tied by namesake Lydia Ko as well as Hull on a great day to score, with 50 of 60 players breaking the par of 72 in the first round.

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