By Adrian Flores
Yuka Saso came through with a two-under-par 70 but the first round belonged to Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul who dished out a superb nine-under-par 70 at the LPGA Tour’s BMW Ladies Championship held in Korea.
Saso jumped into an early lead after a string of three birdies to open her bid although back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 pulled her down out of the top 10. A birdie on the 18th restored order and she is currently tied 19th.
Thitikul, on the other hand, could not do anything wrong in the opener as she made an eagle on the 13th to go with 7 birdies for that 63. Koreans Yaeeun Hong, A. Lim Kim and amateur Minsol Kim each had a 64.
The third edition of this event features seven of the world’s top players including No. 1 and defending champion Jin Young Ko, No. 2 Thitikul, No. 3 Minjee Lee and No. 5 Lydia Ko.
Former No. 1s Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu and nine-time LPGA winner Na Yeon Choi are in the field as well.