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 weekend.
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June 08, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.