World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugurn fired bogey-free opening round 66 to sit in a share of the lead with Amy Yang at the LPGA Honda Thailand Classic.
In 2013, a then 17-year-old, Ariya Jutanugarn led the field heading into the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand but could only capture a runner-up finish after a triple bogey on the 18th hole. Those dropped shots paved the way for an Inbee Park victory. She now looks set to avenge that loss.
Jutanugarn was very happy with her play in round one despite having to deal with very warm temperatures.
"I feel really good with my iron today." Jutanugarn said following her round. "Like especially tee shot is pretty good. I just try to like have like myself have a chance to make birdie."
Confidence shouldn’t be a problem for Jutanugarn following a remarkable 2016 season where she tallied five victories (one major), Rolex Player of the Year, Race to CME Globe and the season money title.
2015 winner of the Honda LPGA Thailand, Amy Yang, is playing in her second event of the 2017 season after a T47 finish at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Yang carded an opening round 6-under 66 with her lone blemish coming on the 10th hole.
In her first round back since capturing Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Inbee Park shot an even par round of 72 to sit six shots back of the lead.
“I’m feeling really good,” Park said. “I don’t feel much of the injury anymore. I feel like I’m really free of injury. Ball-striking was really good today. Just around the greens wasn’t as sharp as I wanted. Obviously that’s just going to happen. Just got to be patient.”
Solheim Cup contenders Charley Hull and Jodi Ewart Shadoff are in a tie for 12th position after opening 69's.The Englishwoman sit three shots ahead of compatriot Georgia Hall who fired a level-par 72.
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