Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Ilhee Lee fired a 7-under-par 64
on Thursday to grab a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the LPGA
Lee, who earned her first career victory at the weather-shortened Pure Silk-
Bahamas LPGA Classic in May, went bogey-free on the Kuala Lumpur Golf &
Country Club's East Course.
Brittany Lang was tied for the first-round lead entering her final hole, where
she tripped to a bogey and dropped into solo second at 6-under 65.
Paula Creamer recovered from a double-bogey 5 at the 15th, closing with back-
to-back birdies wrap up a 66 and grab a share of third place. She stands
alongside Beatriz Recari, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Eun-Hee Ji.
"I played really solid, I gave myself a lot of opportunities and I made some
putts," Creamer said in a televised interview.
World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen, last week's LPGA Classic winner Shanshan Feng,
Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and I.K. Kim were part of a
large group tied for seventh at 4-under 67.
"This is the best I've hit it all week so hopefully it's on an uphill swing
and hopefully I can hit a few more putts out there. Today I didn't make any
putts ... (it) felt like I left three or four out there," said Pettersen.
Defending champion and world No. 1 Inbee Park, a six-time winner this season,
is tied for 28th after carding a 1-under 70.
Lee went out early off the first tee and opened with a birdie before reeling
off five consecutive pars. From there she birdied two of three to wrap up her
outward 32, then parred three straight around the turn.
Gaining momentum, Lee birdied three in a row from the 13th, then added another
at the 17th to reach 7-under. She parred the last to grab the clubhouse lead.
Lang, whose lone win on the LPGA Tour came at the 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA
Classic, was 7-under through 14 holes when Lee wrapped up her 65.
Beginning her round at the 10th tee, Lang got off to a flying start, notching
birdies on six of her first seven holes.
Around the turn, Lang reached minus-7 with a birdie at the first, but she
cooled from there, tallying seven straight pars and a bogey at the last to
drop into second place.
NOTES: Park is attempting to successfully defend a title for the first time in
her career. Of her six wins this season, three came in major championships ...
World No. 3 Stacy Lewis is tied for 21st at 2-under-par 69 ... This is the
second of five consecutive events in Asia for the LPGA Tour. Hometown favorite
Feng won the Reignwood LPGA Classic in China last week.
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