The four-time champion shot a tournament record 8-under-par 63 Thursday to surge to the top of the leaderboard. Pak opened with a bogey on the 10th hole, but it was all smooth sailing from there, with the LPGA and World Golf hall of famer carding nine birdies in her round at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
"I feel great about this golf course. Everyone asks why. I don't know," she told reporters. "It seems like because I've won [here] so many times, and have so many great memories [here], maybe that's why my game is a lot more solid on the golf course."
Pak's 63 is her best score since August 2002, when she earned one of her 23 career wins at the First Union Betsy King Classic after shooting a final-round 63 for an overall 21-under 267.
Alena Sharp is two strokes behind Pak in second place.
"I've been playing some good golf lately," Sharp told reporters. "It was just an easy day. I didn't think too much. I was having fun out there and just relaxed."
Meanwhile, Jin Young Pak is in third place after shooting a 67, and Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Morgan Pressel is tied for fourth with defending champion Mi Hyun Kim.
"…I played decently today. Nothing spectacular. But I didn't play too bad," Pressel said. "I made a couple of good putts, but I'm playing pretty well."
July 13, 2007
Anyone looking back at the final scores of the 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's will almost certainly come to the wrong conclusion that this was a comfortable three-shot win for Catriona Matthew. It was anything but as the seemingly imperturbable Scot struggled to hit a fairway throughout the final round and was only rescued by some superb recovery shots and a bunch of astonishing long putts.
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