Kim, Park, Saiki-Maloney share lead at McDonald`s LPGA Championship

Released on = June 8, 2007, 11:37 am

Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = McDonald\'s LPGA Championship, LPGA Tour, Birdie Kim, Angela
Park, Michelle Wie, Bulle Rock

Press Release Body = Chris Baldwin,
Senior Writer,
Golf Publisher Syndications

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Birdie Kim, Angela Park and Kim Saiki-Maloney share the lead
at the McDonald\'s LPGA Championship entering the second round today, after shooting
opening round 67s to go five-under-par in the LPGA Tour\'s second major of the year

Four players are tied for second at 4-under-par: Laura Davies, Karrie Webb, Stacy
Prammanasudh and Kraft Nabisco champion Morgan Pressel.

World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa recorded four birdies and three bogeys to post a 1-under
71. Annika Sorenstam, playing only her second tournament after being sidelined with
a back injury, sits at 2-under-par, after an opening round 70 that included four
birdies and two bogeys.

Of course, the most talked about first-round score here at Pete Dye\'s Bulle Rock, 40
miles from Baltimore, belonged to embattled teen Michelle Wie, who shot a 1-over-par
73. Wie, easily the biggest story thus far at this year\'s tournament - after her
controversial withdrawal from last week\'s Ginn Tribute - had a roller-coaster first
round. There were three bogeys and a double bogey on her card, but also moments of
brilliance, including birdies at Nos. 1, 8, 16 and 18.

\"It was great today,\" Wie said after her round. \"I actually hit some really good
shots, I built a lot of confidence off of them ... I\'m definitely not 100 percent
right now, and I\'m just going to work on it, work on it and hopefully tomorrow is
going to be better than today.\"

The birdies were flying during Round 1. Thirty seven players shot under par in the
first round, and 12 went 69 or lower.

\"There are definitely opportunities out there,\" Pressel said, having taken the
steady way herself with a four-birdie, no-bogey 68 to set herself up with a good
chance of being in contention for her second major of the season going into the

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