South Korea’s Inbee Park birdied her final two holes for a 7-under-par 64 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.
The 2008 US Women’s Open champion had a 9-under 133 total at Grey Silo. She holed a 50-foot putt on the ninth hole for the last of her eight birdies, had one bogey, and only 22 putts.
“I played great today,’’ Park said. “I hit the ball very well and especially hit my short irons really good, so I gave myself a lot of opportunities and obviously putted very good today.’’
China’s Shanshan Feng, coming off a major victory two weeks ago in the LPGA Championship, was a stroke back along with Brittany Lang and South Korea’s Hee Kyung Seo.
Feng and Seo shot 68, and Lang had a 65.
Michelle Wie, trying to break out of a season-long slump, shot her second straight 70, breaking par for only the third time in 19 rounds this year. She also made her first cut of the season.
Champions - Russ Cochran shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec.
The 53-year-old lefthander had seven birdies and one bogey on Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club’s 6,950-yard Vercheres Course.
He birdied each of the four par-5 holes.
Michael Allen was tied for second with Jerry Pate, Canadian Rod Spittle, and 2010 champion Larry Mize.
European - Joel Sjoholm twice chipped in for eagle in shooting a 6-under 66 to lead by two strokes at the halfway mark of the BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany.
Former Ryder Cup player Paul McGinley shot a 70 to share second place with three others.
Women’s Public Links - Ashlan Ramsey and Kyung Kim advanced to the 36-hole final, each winning two matches in Neshanic Station, N.J.
The 16-year-old Ramsey beat Grace Na, 3 and 1, in the morning quarterfinals and edged Kim Kaufman, 1 up, in the semifinals.