Six Tied at Seven Under After Day one At Pinnacle Country Club | LPGA

It’s a stalemate atop the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G standings with six players tied at -7 at 18 holes. Game partners Megan Khang and Ryann O’Toole started the trend early in the day, shooting a matched 64 to set the tone for the rest of the pack. O’Toole ripped through the front nine at Pinnacle Country Club, birding six straight from holes 2-7 to go out in 30. Although she had calmed down at the back, birdying two and a bogey, it was enough good for giving him the fourth leader/co-leader of his career on the LPGA Tour.

“It was one of those that you just started laughing at when the fifth rolled in,” said O’Toole, who hit 8 of 13 fairways and 18 of 18 greens on day one. “The sixth came in, I was like, okay, I got it. I’m just going to keep going. There are so many opportunities today. To be honest, with six birdies in a row, I was taking them as they came. I felt like the putts weren’t anything crazy. They were pretty straightforward. So, I just kept it rolling.

Khang picked up where O’Toole left off on the back nine, birding five in his final seven holes, including one on the 18th hole, to finish Friday with a bang. It’s the first time she’s led or co-led after the first round of her LPGA Tour career. It’s also the seventh time she’s shot 64, the last time being the last round of the Dana Open presented by Marathon, where Khang eventually finished solo second and had her career-best result on the Tour. The 24-year-old has had a great 2022 so far – Khang has five top 10 finishes under her belt – and is looking for that elusive first win, a win she is on track to after a blistering start at Rogers , Ark.

“I think everyone knows you’re 18 holes short of a typical event, and that makes you want to go out and shoot a good round just to jump,” said Khang, whose round tied his score on lower in the first round. she last shot at the ShopRite LPGA Classic 2020 presented by Acer. “Having a morning tee time, the greens are going to be a bit cooler, and you have to take advantage of that. We’re just trying to keep that mentality, staying slightly more aggressive, I guess you would say, more than a standard round, but ultimately keeping the same game plan as well.

Koreans Sei Young Kim and Jeongeun Lee5 are also part of the tie for first at -7. The 64 marks Lee5’s lowest round of the 2022 season, and along with Khang, it’s the first time in her 8-year tenure on the Tour that she’s held a share of the 18-hole lead. Kim’s 64 is her second-lowest score this season. She shot a 63 in the last round of the CP Women’s Open in August, and with 36 holes left to play at a sweet and accessible Pinnacle Country Club, she’ll be looking for more of the same as she tries to find his first victory. since the 2020 Pelican Women’s Championship.

“I had a pretty solid round today, especially on the fourth hole where I birdied,” Kim said. “I received the reminder. I’m very happy with the solid finish today. This week we have three days, so we need a lot of birdies. And then my strategy keeps pushing me and then I birdie a lot.

The trio is completed by the US Women’s Open 2021 presented by champion ProMedica Yuka Sasowhich went bogey-free on Friday, and Lauren Coughlin, who ended his day eagle last to shoot his lowest round of his career on the LPGA Tour. Coughlin is currently 94th in the Race to the CME Globe and with just six events remaining on the schedule, she needs two more events down to maintain her Tour status for next season.

“I was pretty anxious and nervous to start the week,” Coughlin said. “I had a very good conversation with my husband on Monday evening. I kind of knew that once I got into the week it was more the waiting game, and once the week started and I got into golf that was my happy place .

Graduated from the Epson Tour Lilia Vu and 2022 rookie and Monday qualifying Vivian Hou, who holed a hole-in-one Friday on the par-3 11 for 130 yards with an 8-iron, is tied for seventh at -6. Six players round out the top ten at -5, including the 2018 AIG Women’s Open champion Georgia Room and winner of the LPGA Tour charley hull. Kenzie Wrightwho qualified alongside Hou on Monday, also scored an ace on day one in 11th place, eventually earning a +1.72 in her LPGA Tour debut.

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