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Choi and Kirk open with 68 in Wisconsin

Kirk makes a good start but on a hot scoring day she is six from the lead (Photo: Ladies European Tour)
More than 100 players broke par on day one of the LPGA Tour’s Thornberry Creek Classic in Wisconsin and while former winner, Australian Katherine Kirk, was one of them with a round of 68, she finds herself six shots from the lead of China’s Yu Liu who matched Kirk’s previous course record of 62.

Kirk’s only blemish came at her 15th hole but although a long way off the hot pace being set by Liu she has made a solid start to an event in which she continues a love affair with on a golf course which saw her win her third LPGA Tour title two years ago.

Australia’s LPGA Tour rookie, Robyn Choi was also round in 68, a homeward nine of 33 a significant improvement on a season in which she has missed the cut in six of the seven events she has played. It was by three shots Choi’s best round of the year.

The leader Lui is in her second season on the LPGA Tour and continues to improve having recorded three top tens this season and having recorded a round of 63 during her first visit last year it is a layout she enjoys.

“It just really fits my eyes and the greens are really pure, especially when you play in the morning," said Liu.

“Bent grass fairways and greens. That's what I grew up playing with because I was born and raised in Beijing, which is the north part of China, so we always had bent grass.”

 

 

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