Yang, Fowler lead after first round at Korea Open

Rickie Fowler watches his shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, south of Seoul, South Korea. Fowler is tied for the lead.

Rickie Fowler watches his shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, south of Seoul, South Korea. Fowler is tied for the lead.

SEOUL, South Korea — Defending champion Y.E. Yang shot a four-under 67 Thursday to claim a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler after the first round of the Korea Open.

In front of his local fans, Yang sank a birdie putt on the final hole at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club. Fowler bogeyed the same hole.

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy was a stroke behind in a three-way tie for third with Hong Soon-sang and Lee Soo-min.

McIlroy, who finished third at the 2009 tournament, birdied the opening hole and missed a chance to take a share of the lead with a bogey on No. 18.

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