INCHEON, South Korea — Nasa Hataoka of Japan fired a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the primary spherical of the KEB Hana Bank Championship on Thursday.
Danielle Kang and Charley Hull have been two photographs again on a cold, windy, damp day on the Sky 72 Ocean Course.
Sung Hyun Park, the U.S. LPGA Tour’s top-ranked participant, was amongst a handful of gamers three photographs again.
Park might have been nearer however took a double-bogey 5 on the par-Three 17th.
Hataoka was matter-of-fact in regards to the powerful situations.
“As a professional golfer, I believe that we need to be able to play solid and under any condition, including very strong winds,” she mentioned.
She had eight birdies by 16 holes to attain eight below, however then dropped a shot at 17.
Hataoka, 19, was ranked in triple digits only a yr in the past however has climbed to No. 14 in the LPGA rankings.
She gained her first LPGA title in June on the NW Arkansas Championship in her second season on the tour, and is aiming to signify Japan in the Tokyo Olympics.
“This season, a lot of different elements are coming together for me so that I can play a stronger game,” she defined. “For instance, my shots are more solid and my putting has improved greatly.”
Kang mentioned she additionally tried to benefit from the blustery situations.
“I actually really like tough conditions,” Kang mentioned. “I’m ready to play, and whatever happens, happens. I actually like the wind.”
Michelle Wie turned 29 on Thursday however failed to have a good time — she shot a 76.
The KEB Hana Bank match is the primary in 5 weeks of play throughout South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China.