Charlotta Sorenstam Charlotta Sorenstam first round leader at Corning Classic

Charlotta Sorenstam shot an 8-under-par-64 golf game yesterday to take the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour Corning Classic.

Sorenstam has a one-stroke lead over Beth Bader. Sorenstam's 64 is a career-low score and ties the low-18 on a par-72 course this season, which world No. 1 women's golfer Lorena Ochoa shot during the second round of the Safeway International.

"It was a lot of fun," Sorenstam, the sister of Annika Sorenstam, told reporters.

On having her name atop the leaderboard, she said: "It was great. I was hoping they would put a C. in front so everybody knew it was me."

Beginning the day on the back nine, Sorenstam carded a bogey-free round with eight birdies, four of which came consecutively on holes five through eight.

Bader also had a bogey-free round. With seven birdies, her 65 was a personal season low and her fifth round in the 60s this year. She has had two top-20 finishes this season, tying for 15th at the MasterCard Classic and the Corona Championship.

Sorenstam and Bader weren't the only ones at their best Thursday. Rookies In-Kyung Kim and Charlotte Mayorkas both had career-low rounds, shooting 67s to share sixth place. Kim's previous best round was a 68 at the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill earlier this month. Mayorkas' was 69, which she shot at the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill and the SemGroup Championship.

Paula Creamer, who made her Corning Classic debut Thursday, is tied for third place. She sunk four birdies on the first seven holes en route to a 66.

Defending champion Hee-Won Han is not competing this week because she is playing a limited schedule due to her first pregnancy. Han last played at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she finished tied for 49th.

Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam are other notable absences. Ochoa is taking the week off after her victory at the Sybase Classic, and Sorenstam is sidelined with a back injury. She will return to competition at her upcoming event, the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika.

May 25, 2007

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