Ji Eun-hee Wins LPGA Season Opener

Ji Eun-hee Wins LPGA Season Opener

She was tied for the lead with South Korea's Eun-Hee Ji on 13 under after shooting a 5-under 66 in the third round, and looked well poised to secure a morale-boosting victory to open the new season.

Former world No.1 Ko shot 30 on the front nine in a bogey-free round at Tranquilo Golf Club on Saturday while Korean Ji had a string of four-straight birdies from the second hole before her only bogey on the sixth.

Ji stumbled out of the gate with back-to-back bogeys on the first two holes but recovered with consecutive birdies at the third and fourth holes.

Eun-Hee Ji emerged the victor of the 26-player field that included only those LPGA players who have won in the past two seasons. "It's what we play for pretty much every single week". "I never thought the bogey I would make on 17 would be the difference, but it ended up being the difference". "I probably need to do that a little bit more tomorrow so I know what I need to do coming down the stretch, or the whole day, really".

The Kiwi will be hoping to continue her run in tomorrow's final round, now in a tie for the lead with South Korea's Eun-Hee Ji, one shot ahead of overnight leader, Henderson. - Lydia Ko could only think about the putts that didn't go in, perhaps because she was used to making so many. It also included a celebrity field of athletes and entertainers who competed for a purse using the modified Stableford scoring system.

Jutanugarn played the second round with former National Basketball Association star Ray Allen, and even though she was hitting shots all over the course, she found plenty of time to talk.

"I can't tell you how good Marty (Fish) and really the top five or six guys in this field are", said Smoltz.

"I asked him how to manage when you're like the best player, like how to manage everything", Jutanugarn said. "I played with her quite a few times when she won. Just really happy where things are". Despite shutting it down for two weeks over the break while in Canada, she likes the mix she had of rest and practice when she got back to the work.

"I couldn't hit a ball for eight years", she said.

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