Date: Mar 28, 2015
By: AP, CARLSBAD, California
Mirim Lee birdied all four par-five holes and finished with a bogey-free seven-under 65 on
Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Kia Classic.
Taiwanese former No. 1 Yani Tseng, winless in 70 starts since her victory in the 2012 event at nearby La Costa, shot a six-under 66 for second place.
Lee took the outright lead with an eight-foot putt on the par-five fifth — her 14th hole in her afternoon round at Aviara — and hit a wedge to 3 feet to set up her final birdie on the par-five eighth. The 24-year-old South Korean player won two LPGA Tour events last year.
Lee had only 25 putts, holing 40-footers for birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.
She struggled last week in Phoenix, finishing 77th in the Founders Cup.
“I practiced a lot this week,” Lee said. “I changed the grip.” [FULL STORY]