Korean Chella Choi one ahead after 18 holes of LPGA Championship

Last Updated: 09/06/13 5:50pm

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Chella Choi: Korean fired 67 to lead LPGA Championship after first round

Chella Choi: Korean fired 67 to lead LPGA Championship after first round

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Korea's Chella Choi fired a five-under-par 67 on Friday to snatch a one-shot lead over Morgan Pressel and compatriot Jiyai Shin at a rain-delayed LPGA Championship.

Choi, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, posted five birdies in a bogey-free front nine to move into the lead on a damp day at Locust Hill Country Club in New York state.

First round leaderboard

(US unless stated)
-5 C Choi (Kor)
-4 J Shin (Kor)
-4 M Pressel
-3 B Lincicome
-2 J Korda
-2 SR Pak (Kor)

Her nearest challengers after 18 holes of the second major championship of the women's season are Shin and American Pressel.

More than nine inches of rain had fallen on the course during the previous nine days, including around five inches on Thursday alone which delayed the start of the tournament by 24 hours.

There are five Americans and as many Koreans in the top 14, while England's Laura Davies turned back the clock with a one-under-par 71.

The 49-year-old, who is a two-time winner of this event, is tied-for-seventh along with Scotland's Catriona Matthew.

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