How it Happened: Ha-Neul Kim leads Open

Ha-Neul Kim from South Korea looks on from the second green during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club.

It's go time in Southampton, N.Y. – and while relatively few players managed to break par during the first round at Sebonack Golf Club, Ha-Neul Kim and Inbee Park rose to the top of the leaderboard with low numbers.

Park set the target with a 5-under 67 in the morning rounds, showing off the form that won the season's first two majors.

But the number Park posted was surpassed late in the evening by Kim, who started her day with pars at Nos. 10-12, then birdied No. 13 and steadily built momentum during her round. She carded her second birdie just before making the turn to move to 2 under, then added four more on the back nine – including three on Nos. 4-8 – then parred the last to head to the clubhouse with the lead.

Just 36 players shot par or better at Sebonack on Thursday – and only eight shot 69 or lower. Caroline Hedwall, I.K. Kim and Lizette Salas are T-3 at 4 under, with Paz Echevarria and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc another shot back at T-7.

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We'll recap the top highlights of the day – and scroll down to take a look at our extensive preview coverage from Sebonack:

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Update No. 44: 8:22 p.m. EDT

Leader Ha-Neul Kim pars No. 9 to end her day with a 66 and the first-round lead. Kim will play in the morning groups for the second round, teeing off at 8:46 on No. 1. Second-place Inbee Park, a stroke back, tees off at 1:25 p.m. on No. 1.

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Update No. 43: 7:51 p.m. EDT

Ha-Neul Kim pars No. 7, then birdies No. 8 to move into the lead alone at 6 under with one hole to play. Kim is bogey-free today with two birdies during her first nine and four since making the turn – including three during her last five holes.

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Update No. 44: 7:42 p.m. EDT

Anna Nordqvist birdies No. 8 to get back to 3 under with one hole left in her first round. Nordqvist is T-6 with Paz Echeverria and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc.

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Update No. 43: 7:31 p.m. EDT

As the attention shifts from I.K. Kim to Ha-Neul Kim, let's look at the top 10 golfers in the Rolex Rankings and their rounds today:

  • Inbee Park: Leader, 5-under 67
  • Stacy Lewis: T-11, 1-under 71
  • Suzann Pettersen: T-82, 4-over 76
  • Na Yeon Choi: T-11, 1-under 71
  • So Yeon Ryu: T-28, even par through 17 holes
  • Shanshan Feng: T-16, 1 under through 17
  • Yani Tseng: T-82, 4-over 76
  • Karrie Webb: T-38, 1-over 73
  • Jiyai Shin: T-82, 4 over through 17
  • Ai Miyazato: T-28, even-par 72

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Update No. 42: 7:18 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim finds the fairway with her final tee shot of the day, then the first cut on the left side with her second shot on the par-5 18th. Her approach shots have been consistently good on the back nine, but this wedge in finds the wrong tier of the green. She lags to about 3-4 feet, but her par attempt lips out and she taps in for bogey, ending her day with a 68 at 4 under.

Ha-Neul Kim fires a dart to within 2 feet on No. 5, then sinks the short putt to pull into a share of the lead with Inbee Park.

Paula Creamer ends her day with a birdie at No. 18 to post an even-par 72.

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Update No. 41: 7:07 p.m. EDT

Lizette Salas birdies Nos. 8-9 to finish at 4 under with a 68. Salas, who had a strong showing at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, is T-3 with Caroline Hedwall and Ha-Neul Kim.

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Update No. 40: 6:59 p.m. EDT

Co-leader I.K. Kim's iron play has been solid. She pars the 16th after missing a birdie putt – then gives herself another birdie chance at the 17th but again settles for par. She remains 5 under, tied with Inbee Park.

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Update No. 39: 6:53 p.m. EDT

Ha-Neul Kim birdies No. 4 and follows with a par at No. 5 to stand 4 under through 14 holes, T-3 with Caroline Hedwall.

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Update No. 38: 6:31 p.m. EDT

Co-leader I.K. Kim finds the green in regulation on No. 15 for another birdie chance; the putt is on line but stops about a foot short and she settles for par to remain tied with Inbee Park at 5 under.

Maude Aimee LeBlanc birdies the last to sign for a 3-under 69, T-4 with Paz Echeverria. Anna Nordqvist bogeys No. 5 to fall to 2 under.

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Update No. 37: 6:22 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim and Inbee Park, tied for the lead at 5 under, are among the exceptions today – Sebonack is biting back a bit, with the numbers of players under par reduced to 25.

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Update No. 36: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Co-leader I.K. Kim gives herself another birdie chance, hitting her approach at No. 14 to about 18-20 feet. She has the speed but misses left and remains tied at 5 under with Inbee Park.

Six straight pars get Paz Echevarria to the clubhouse at 3 under as she signs for a 69, good for T-4 alongside Anna Nordqvist and Ha-Neul Kim.

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Update No. 35: 5:59 p.m. EDT

Kyung Kim's morning 71 put her at 1 under, still the low mark among amateurs; Brooke Mackenzie Henderson also shot 71 this afternoon. Yueer Feng and Lydia Ko shot even-par 72s today, with Nelly Korda at 1-over 73. Among amateurs still on the course, Casie Cathrea is 3 over with Alexandra Kaui and Hannah Sue at 4 over.

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Update No. 34: 5:53 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim's approach at No. 13 leaves her about a 5-footer for birdie and a share of the lead with; the ball curls along the lip and falls, her sixth birdie in seven holes moving her to 5 under and a tie with Inbee Park.

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Update No. 33: 5:47 p.m. EDT

Anna Nordqvist birdies No. 2 to moves to 3 under through 11 holes. Jessica Korda bogeys No. 3 to slip to 2 under with six to play.

After making the turn at even par, So Yeon Ryu birdies No. 3 to move to 1 under.

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Update No. 32: 5:33 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim birdies again, this one coming at the par-3 12th hole as she moves to 4 under, the low number among the afternoon groups and good for T-2 with Caroline Hedwall – one shot back of leader Inbee Park. Paula Creamer, Kim's playing partner, birdies as well to move to even par for the day.

Of the 29 players under par in the 156-woman field, 24 are just 2 or 1 under; even a Sebonack course set up 300 yards shorter than advertised is holding its own.

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Update No. 31: 5:26 p.m. EDT

Paz Echevarria leaves a birdie attempt at No. 17 short and low, staying at 3 under. Jessica Korda got to 3 under, meanwhile, with three straight birdies on Nos. 17-1, and pars No. 2 to also remain on that mark. Maude-Aimee LeBlanc bogeys No. 15 to slip to 2 under.

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Update No. 30: 5:21 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim's move to 3 under came on the strength of four straight birdies on Nos. 7-10 – and she earns another birdie try with a solid approach at 11. Her putt runs past on the high side and she makes par to remain 3 under, tied for the best score so far among the afternoon groups.

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Update No. 29: 5:14 p.m. EDT

Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, I.K. Kim and Jessica Korda move to 3 under through 14, 10 and 10 holes respectively and tying Paz Echevarria at that mark.

Dewi Claire Schreefel drops to 2 under while Amy Yang falls to 1 under.

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Update No. 28: 4:35 p.m. EDT

Lizette Salas moves to 2 under with a birdie at No. 18 just before she makes the turn; she has three birdies and a bogey.

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Update No. 27: 4:31 p.m. EDT

Amy Yang birdies No. 9 to get to 3 under as she makes the turn. Yang had four birdies and a bogey during her front nine. Paz Echeverria and Dewi Claire Schreefel remain 3 under through 13 and five holes, respectively.

Catriona Matthiew birdies No. 17 to get to 2 under through eight holes, pulling even with Angela Stanford as the only two afternoon golfers on that mark.

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Update No. 26: 4:17 p.m. EDT

Dewi Claire Schreefel joins Paz Echeverria at T-3 and 3 under, Schreefel's third birdie of the day coming on the fifth hole of her round at No. 14.

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Update No. 25: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Tiffany Joh birdies Nos. 13-14 to move to 2 under in a hurry, T-4 with nine others and three shots back of leader Inbee Park.

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Update No. 24: 3:51 p.m. EDT

Paz Echeverria moves to 3 under with a birdie at No. 12, the best score among the afternoon groups.

Amy Yang joins the group at 2 under with a birdie at No. 7, her third of the day. She joins Dewi Claire Schreefel and Angela Stanford at that mark, along with six golfers who shot 70 this morning.

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Update No. 23: 3:34 p.m. EDT

So Yeon Ryu, the highest-ranked golfer in the afternoon groups, slides to 2 over with a bogey at No. 4 and follows with a par.

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Update No. 22: 3:19 p.m. EDT

Dewi Claire Schreefel moves to 2 under with birdies at Nos. 10-11 to start her round. Paz Echeverria and Angela Stanford remain 2 under through 10 and five holes, respectively; all are 3 back of leader Inbee Park.

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Update No. 21: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Let's take another look at the top five golfers in the world according to the Rolex Rankings:

  • Inbee Park: Leader, 5-under 67
  • Stacy Lewis: T-11, 1-under 71
  • Suzann Pettersen: T-112, 4-over 76
  • Na Yeon Choi: T-11, 1-under 71
  • So Yeon Ryu: T-58, 1 over through three holes

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Update No. 20: 2:51 p.m. EDT

Paz Echeverria and Angela Stanford are leading the way among the afternoon golfers, both at 2 under, through eight and three holes respectively. Seven afternoon golfers are at 1 under, all having played five holes or fewer.

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Update No. 19: 2:38 p.m. EDT

With the morning groups having wrapped up play, let's look at the top amateurs from those rounds. Kyung Kim led the way with a 1-under 71, with three birdies and two bogeys. Yueer Feng and Lydia Ko shot even-par 72, while Nelly Korda shot a 1-over 73. Early in the afternoon groups, Casie Cathrea and Hannah Suh are even par, with Brooke Mackenzie Henderson and Annie Park 1 over.

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Update No. 18: 2:23 p.m. EDT

The list of morning golfers posting a 2-under 70 is now six: Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Natalie Gulbis, Karine Icher, Jennifer Rosales, Mariajo Uribe and Je-Yoon Yang. They're three back of the lead, as Inbee Park is 5 under and Caroline Hedwall is 4 under.

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Update No. 17: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Among the afternoon golfers, Gerina Piller is the low woman at 2 under, with birdies on her first two holes. Seven more are at 1 under, all through 3 holes or less.

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Update No. 16: 1:57 p.m. EDT

Caroline Hedwall bogeys the last to card a 68 and slip to 4 under, alone in second and one back of leader Inbee Park. Karine Icher joins Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Mariajo Uribe in the clubhouse with a 70, T-3 along with Jennifer Rosales who's got one hole to play.

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Update No. 15: 1:34 p.m. EDT

Caroline Hedwall rejoins Inbee Park atop the leaderboard with a birdie at No. 8, moving to 5 under with one to play.

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Update No. 14: 1:29 p.m. EDT

Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Mariajo Uribe finish with birdies at Nos. 9 and 18, respectively, to card the first 70s of the day and head to the clubhouse at 2 under, three back of Inbee Park and her 67. Karine Icher birdies No. 7 to also move to 2 under with two to play.

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Update No. 13: 1:16 p.m. EDT

Natalie Gulbis bogeys No. 15 and Karine Icher bogeys No. 6, both dropping to a group of 17 at T-3 and 1 under. They're four back of leader Inbee Park, who shot 67, and three back of second-place Caroline Hedwall, who's 4 under through 15.

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Update No. 12: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Karine Icher bogeys No. 5 to slip to 2 under, T-3 alongside Natalie Gulbis and Ryann O'Toole.

Stacy Lewis is among four golfers who have carded a 71 so far today. The others are Mindy Duncan, Meena Lee and amateur Kyung Kim. Nine others are on the course at 1 under.

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Update No. 11: 12:44 p.m. EDT

Leader Inbee Park pars No. 9 to head to the clubhouse with a 67. Park, continuing the momentum of last week's win in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, is 1 shot ahead of Caroline Hedwall, who gets to 4 under for the second time today with a birdie at No. 5 to stand alone in second. Karine Icher is 3 under with Natalie Gulbis and Ryann O'Toole 2 under, all three through 13 holes.

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Update No. 10: 12:31 p.m. EDT

Leader Inbee Park restores her margin to two shots with a birdie at No. 8 – she's 5 under heading to the last.

Natalie Gulbis, after a roller-coaster start that included three straight birdies going into the turn, has parred her first four holes of the back nine to settle in at 2 under.

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Update No. 9: 12:27 p.m. EDT

14-year-old amateur Nelly Korda ends her round T-21 at 1 over – with six birdies, two bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey.

Caroline Hedwall bogeys No. 3 to fall to 2 under – then birdies No. 4 to move back to 3 under, T-2 with Karine Icher and one back of leader Inbee Park.

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Update No. 8: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Leader Inbee Park – seeking her third major win of the season after victories at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Wegmans LPGA Championship – bogeys No. 6 to remain 4 under, a shot ahead of Caroline Hedwall and Karine Icher.

Mariajo Uribe bogeys No. 14 to drop to 2 under and T-4, alongside Natalie Gulbis and Ryann O'Toole.

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Update No. 7: 12:01 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at the top five golfers in the world according to the Rolex Rankings:

  • Inbee Park: Leader, 4 under through 15
  • Stacy Lewis: T-12, even par through 15
  • Suzann Pettersen: T-59, 5 over through 15
  • Na Yeon Choi: T-8, 1 under through 13
  • So Yeon Ryu: Tees off at 1:47 p.m.

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Update No. 6: 11:48 a.m. EDT

Caroline Hedwall, who led earlier at 4 under, bogeys No. 1 after making the turn and drops to T-2 at 3 under, alongside Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe. They're two back of leader Inbee Park, who pars No. 5 to remain 5 under with four holes to play.

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Update No. 5: 11:37 a.m. EDT

The group T-5 at 2 under has dwindled to two, Natalie Gulbis and Jennifer Rosales. Lydia Ko is among those carding a bogey to slip to 1 under; she's among five at that mark

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Update No. 4: 11:25 a.m. EDT

Inbee Park birdies No. 4, her third since making the turn, and moves to 5 under for the lead outright over Caroline Hedwall, who pars No. 9. Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe remain at 3 under.

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Update No. 3: 11:11 a.m. EDT

Among the golfers T-5 at 2 under: 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko, who bogeyed her first hole of the day but rebounded with three birdies on Nos. 5-9. Ko was low amateur at the Kraft Nabisco and LPGA championships this season, with finishes of T-25 and T-17 respectively.

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Update No. 2: 11:02 a.m. EDT

Karine Icher moves within a shot of the lead, birdieing No. 17 to move to 3 under alongside Mariajo Uribe. Six golfers are another shot back at 2 under.

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Update No. 1: 10:56 a.m. EDT

Co-leaders Caroline Hedwall and Inbee Park move to 4 under, with birdies at Nos. 17 and 2, respectively. Mariajo Uribe is a stroke back at 3 under through 10 holes.

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Early risers

Caroline Hedwall and Inbee Park are co-leaders at 3 under. Hedwall had three straight birdies on Nos. 13-15, to snag the early lead at 4 under, then bogeyed No. 16 (both started their day at No. 10). Park has scattered three birdies, the latest coming at No. 1 after making the turn.

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Slow starters

Alice Kim is 13 over through 13, with Tiffany Tavi 9 over through 12. Through nine holes, Michelle Wie is 8 over, one of 3 golfers on that mark.

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Weather conditions

It's cloudy in the Hamptons with temps in the mid 70s and winds are rather calm, according to weather.com, with a 60 percent chance of shower from about 5 p.m. on.

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