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Thidapa Suwannapura leads LPGA Marathon Classic after first-round 65

SYLVANIA, Ohio — For solely the second time in her seven-year profession, Thidapa Suwannapura took the in a single day lead at an LPGA Tour occasion.

Suwannapura shot a 6-under-par 65 on Thursday on the Marathon Classic and led seven gamers by one shot. The Thai participant grabbed the outright lead with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows — her 10th birdie of the day.

“I’m really happy about the way I played today,” she mentioned. “I didn’t really look at the leaderboard, and did not even expect anything. I have a chance, so let’s see how it goes.”

Suwannapura, who has three top-10 finishes in 120 profession LPGA Tour begins, final had the in a single day lead after the primary spherical of the 2013 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, the place she pale within the second spherical and completed in a tie for 65th.

The 25-year-old Suwannapura’s finest profession end was seventh on the 2014 Kingsmill Invitational. That was additionally her final high 10. This season, her finest efficiency was a tie for 18th three weeks in the past in Arkansas.

Seven gamers, together with defending champion I.Ok. Kim and former No. 1 Yani Tseng, have been a stroke behind at 66.

Kim, who began her spherical on the again 9, mentioned situations have been calmer as soon as she made the flip. She birdied 5 of the ultimate six holes, together with the par-Four ninth.

“Not much wind out there. So I took that advantage on the front nine,” she mentioned. “I had a good roll, all three birdies in a row. And birdieing the last two par-5’s was really fun.”

Tseng was the one participant within the high eight to have a bogey-free spherical. She missed an eagle putt on the ultimate gap that may have drawn her even with Suwannapura.

“I stayed patient all day. Just need to get that putting going a little bit,” Tseng mentioned. “So today I dropped a few, I missed a few, and this is how golf is. I feel like this is the way I should play.”

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