Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn fired a four-under par 68 to take a share of the first round lead at the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship in Hawaii on Wednesday.

On a blustery day, the 21-year-old Moriya got off to a hot start by making birdie on two of her first three holes. She finished with seven birdies, one bogey and one double bogey to finish tied with Australia's Minjee Lee who also opened with a 68.

Moriya and Lee have a one-stroke lead over a group of five that comprises Canada's Brooke Henderson, Germany's Caroline Masson, American Kim Kaufman and  Sei-Young Kim of South Korea.

"I think I was having fun with my game today," Moriya said. "I was trying to play with a strong wind and trying to get up and down.

"It feels like I had a lot of patience with the wind, so pretty good for my game."

Moriya said she just tried to play loose and carefree.

"You know, I didn't even count (score) until I finished," Moriya said. "I was like, that's nice, seven birdies. It was fun making birdies with this wind."

Lee finished with six birdies, including three in the final five holes. She also had two bogeys.

She, too, was pleased with the way she handled the tricky conditions.

"It helps if you're a good ball-striker, but you also need to judge the wind as well, like how far you want to take it right, or if the wind is right to left," she said.

"You got to have some luck with it, too. It's not just all about your skill. Mother Nature can throw anything at you. I think I judged it really well today so I'm happy."


LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY (Apr 13 - 16)

  • Course: Ko Olina Golf Club
  • Par: 72
  • Yardage: 6,383
T1 Minjee Lee 68              
T1 Moriya Jutanugarn 68              
T3 Brooke Henderson 69                
T3 Caroline Masson 69              
T3 Alena Sharp 69              
T3 Sei Young Kim 69              
T3 Kim Kaufman 69              
T8 Cristie Kerr 70              
T8 Pernilla Lindberg 70              
T8 Katie Burnett 70              
T8 Nontaya Srisawang 70              
T8 Eun-Hee Ji 70              
T13 Joanna Klatten 71              
T13 Suzann Pettersen 71              
T13 Su-Hyun Oh 71              
T13 Brianna Do 71              
T13 Su Yeon Jang 71              
T13 Azahara Munoz 71              
T13 Lydia Ko 71              
T13 Paula Reto 71              
T13 Angela Stanford 71              
T13 Marion Ricordeau 71              
T23 Cydney Clanton 72              
T23 Jing Yan 72              
T23 Sandra Changkija 72              
T23 Hye Jin Choi 72              
T23 Paula Creamer 72              
T23 Brittany Lang 72              
T23 Mo Martin 72              
T23 Celine Herbin 72              
T23 Beatriz Recari 72              
T23 Demi Runas 72              
T23 Kelly Shon 72              
T23 Ashleigh Simon 72              
T23 Becky Morgan 72              
T23 Stephanie Kono 72              
T23 Belen Mozo 72              
T23 Haru Nomura 72              
T23 Kris Tamulis 72              
T23 Ariya Jutanugarn 72              
T23 Mi Hyang Lee 72              
T23 So Yeon Ryu 72              
T23 Danielle Kang 72              
T23 Thidapa Suwannapura 72              
T23 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 72              
T23 Min Lee 72              
T47 Chella Choi 73              
T47 Shanshan Feng 73              
T47 Mi Jung Hur 73              
T47 Lee-Anne Pace 73              
T47 Samantha Richdale 73              
T47 Julie Yang 73              
T47 Sarah Jane Smith 73              
T47 Simin Feng 73              
T47 Gaby Lopez 73              
T47 Pornanong Phatlum 73              
T47 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 73              
T47 Ayako Uehara 73              
T47 Haeji Kang 73              
T47 Sadena Parks 73              
T47 Lee Lopez 73              
T47 Sydnee Michaels 73              
T47 Budsabakorn Sukapan 73              
T64 P.K. Kongkraphan 74              
T64 Bertine Strauss 74              
T64 In Gee Chun 74              
T64 Jenny Shin 74              
T64 Sakura Yokomine 74              
T64 Holly Clyburn 74              
T64 Q Baek 74              
T64 Katherine Kirk 74              
T64 Briana Mao 74              
T64 Tiffany Joh 74              
T64 Jacqui Concolino 74              
T64 Inbee Park 74              
T64 Casey Grice 74              
T77 Vicky Hurst 75              
T77 Lindy Duncan 75              
T77 Alison Walshe 75              
T77 Ai Miyazato 75              
T77 Sun Young Yoo 75              
T77 Se Ri Pak 75              
T77 Dori Carter 75              
T77 Amelia Lewis 75              
T77 Lexi Thompson 75              
T77 Lizette Salas 75              
T77 Brittany Lincicome 75              
T77 Sarah Kemp 75              
T77 Heather Bowie Young 75              
T90 Jane Rah 76              
T90 Karlin Beck 76              
T90 Hyo Joo Kim 76              
T90 Megan Khang 76              
T90 Nannette Hill 76              
T90 SooBin Kim 76              
T90 Anne-Catherine Tanguay 76              
T90 Suzuka Yamaguchi 76              
T90 Benyapa Niphatsophon 76              
T90 Daniela Iacobelli 76              
T90 Jiayi Zhou 76              
T101   Julieta Granada 77              
T101   Allisen S Corpuz 77              
T101    Cheyenne Woods 77              
T101   Na Yeon Choi 77              
T101 Mika Miyazato 77              
T101 Nicole Jeray 77              
T101 Christine Song 77              
T101 Christel Boeljon 77              
T101 Cyna Rodriguez 77              
T101 Brittany Altomare 77              
T101 Min Seo Kwak 77              
T101 Xi Yu Lin 77              
T101 Jaye Marie Green 77              
T101 Ashlan Ramsey 77              
T115 Yueer Cindy Feng 78              
T115 Kelly Tan 78              
T115 Pannarat Thanapolboonyar 78              
T115 Mina Harigae 78              
T115 Alejandra Llaneza 78              
T115 Alison Lee 78              
T115 Laetitia Beck 78              
T115 Dewi Claire Schreefel 78              
T115 Giulia Molinaro 78              
T124 Meena Lee 79              
T124 Caroline Westrup 79              
T124 Lisa Ferrero 79              
T124 Amy Anderson 79              
T124 Wei-Ling Hsu 79              
T124 Jaclyn Jansen 79              
T124 Rachel Rohanna 79              
T131 Pavarisa Yoktuan 80              
T131 Wichanee Meechai 80              
T131 Grace Na 80              
T131 Natalie Gulbis 80              
T131 Michelle Wie 80              
T131 Yuting Shi 80              
T131 Prima Thammaraks 80              
T131 Ji Young Oh 80              
T139 Ryann O'Toole 81              
T139 Ashleigh Albrecht 81              
T139 Giulia Sergas 81              
T139 Ani Gulugian 81              
143 Annie Park 83              
144 Dani Holmqvist 84

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