All carded eagles in their rounds, with Ji striking first on the par-4, third hole. This is Ji's first LPGA Tour event of the year. Up until now, the 21-year-old golfer has played on the KLPGA Tour.
"All of my shots were very good" today, Ji told reporters. "My putting was very good."
Jin Joo Hong, Kyeong Bae and Christina Kim are tied for second.
Michelle Wie, who has been struggling with an injured wrist all season, shot a 73. She has not broken par since finishing tied for second at this event last year.
"I'm definitely on the road to recovery," Wie told the media. "I'm stronger and more confident. I'm swinging much better, and I made some birdies. I take so many positives from this round."
Annika Sorenstam usually plays well at this event but struggled yesterday. She finished with an even-par 72 after an up-and-down day that included two double bogies, two bogeys and four birdies.
"I think I played really well," Sorenstam told the media. "I had a lot of good chances today, and I'm disappointed because I think I played better than what the score says."
World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa capitalized on birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to finish the day at par after a double bogey on No. 16. She is tied for 26th place.
Defending champion Karrie Webb is tied for 13th after posting a 2-under-par 70.
"Overall, 2-under is a good start," Webb told reporters after her round. "There were a couple of loose holes where I didn't swing it as well as I would've like and missed a couple of short-ish putts. But [I] made a couple of good ones as well, so overall [I'm] pretty happy with it."
July 27, 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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