Hull up, Pettersen down in South Korea

[By JOHN DUERDEN
Associated Press

INCHEON, South Korea – Katherine Hull shot a 6-under 66 to open a two-shot lead over Amy Yang after the first round of the LPGA's Kolon Championship on Friday.

Defending champion Suzann Pettersen struggled to a 5-over 77 in windy, gloomy conditions at the new Sky 72 golf club in Incheon, just to the west of Seoul. Pettersen made the turn at 4-over and managed only one birdie in her round.

Hull, ranked No. 35 in the world, didn't have nearly as much trouble. She shot 3-under on the front side and, after a slip-up at the par-4 11th, birdied four of her final six holes to take the early lead in the $1.6 million event.

“Everything kind of clicked today,” Hull said. “I only made probably a couple bad swings, and I putted well all day and made a couple of good par saves, and then I was able to make a few birdies. I just stuck to my routine today finally, and it paid off.”

The Australian has been playing her best over the second half of the season. She hasn't missed a cut since the Wegmans LPGA in June, finishing in the top 10 five times, and won the CN Canadian Women's Open in August.

“It's nice to actually be the one that everyone is chasing, as opposed to the one doing the chasing. I've been doing that a lot lately,” Hull said. “I'm happy with the way I'm playing and I believe I can win. I've just got to go out there and execute it.”

Yang got to 5-under through 11 before the local star stumbled to a pair of bogeys over the final five holes.

“If I could play like this for the next two days, I think I'll finish well,” Yang said. “It's my first professional tournament in Korea, so I was pretty nervous. (But) I was happy with the results today.”

Fellow South Korean Chae Young Yoon is one shot back in third, and eight others were in a pack at 2-under, including Christina Kim and Mi Hyun Kim.

Se Ri Pak was in a group at 1-under. Morgan Pressel shot an even-par 70, and Paula Creamer struggled to a 3-over 75.

Scores with relation to par from the first round of the LPGA's Hana Bank Kolon Championship, played Oct. 31 at the par-72, 6,490-yard Sky 72 GC (Ocean Course) in Incheon, South Korea:

  1. Katherine Hull 66

    -6 2. Amy Yang 68

    -4 3. Chae Young Yoon 69

    -3 4. Ji-Na Lim 70

    -2 4. Christina Kim 70

    -2 4. Karen Stupples 70

    -2 4. Jeong Jang 70

    -2 4. In-Kyung Kim 70

    -2 4. Mi Hyun Kim 70

    -2 4. Candie Kung 70

    -2 4. Ji-Yai Shin 70

    -2 12. Teresa Lu 71

    -1 12. Allison Fouch 71

    -1 12. Jin Joo Kim 71

    -1 12. Minea Blomqvist 71

    -1 12. Inbee Park 71

    -1 12. Hee Kyung Seo 71

    -1 12. Helen Alfredsson 71

    -1 12. Hee-Won Han 71

    -1 12. Se Ri Pak 71

    -1 21. Jimin Kang 72

    E 21. Jae-Eun Chung 72

    E 21. So Yeon Ryu 72

    E 21. Kim Hall 72

    E 21. Hee Young Park 72

    E 21. Sun Young Yoo 72

    E 21. Carin Koch 72

    E 21. Sophie Gustafson 72

    E 21. Morgan Pressel 72

    E 30. Giulia Sergas 73
    + 1 30. H.J. Choi 73
    + 1 30. Kristy McPherson 73
    + 1 30. Ha-Neul Kim 73
    + 1 30. Jill McGill 73
    + 1 30. Karine Icher 73
    + 1 30. Jane Park 73
    + 1 30. Song-Hee Kim 73
    + 1 30. Leta Lindley 73
    + 1 39. Sun-Ju Ahn 74
    + 2 39. Brittany Lang 74
    + 2 39. Seul-A Yoon 74
    + 2 39. Jee Young Lee 74
    + 2 39. Catriona Matthew 74
    + 2 39. Seon Hwa Lee 74
    + 2 39. Na Yeon Choi 74
    + 2 46. Bo Kyung Kim 75
    + 3 46. Hye Yong Choi 75
    + 3 46. M.J. Hur 75
    + 3 46. Anna Rawson 75
    + 3 46. Ji Young Oh 75
    + 3 46. Young Kim 75
    + 3 46. Paula Creamer 75
    + 3 53. Shanshan Feng 76
    + 4 53. Louise Friberg 76
    + 4 53. Meena Lee 76
    + 4 53. Jin Joo Hong 76
    + 4 53. Nicole Castrale 76
    + 4 58. Katie Futcher 77
    + 5 58. Janice Moodie 77
    + 5 58. Hye Youn Kim 77
    + 5 58. Suzann Pettersen 77
    + 5 62. Ran Hong 78
    + 6 62. Becky Morgan 78
    + 6 64. Diana D'Alessio 79
    + 7 64. Mi Hyun Cho 79
    + 7 64. Angela Park 79
    + 7 67. Lindsey Wright 80
    + 8 DQ. Eun-Hee Ji



    DQ. Joo Mi Kim
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