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AMY YANG TAKES THE LEAD DAY ONE @#SIME DARBY LPGA #DAMARU GOLF
Americans Marina Alex, Michelle Wie, and Mo Martin enjoy impressive first rounds
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KUALA LUMPUR, 27 October 2016 – It was a bogey free round for Amy Yang as she scored an 8-under par 63 to finish top of the leader-board after the first round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The South Korean, who is yet to register a win on the LPGA Tour this year, is currently two strokes ahead of Marina Alex, who is in second place at 6-under par 65. Her score today was also just one shy of her personal best.
Speaking about her good start, the 27-old said, “I was a little bit tired this morning, but when I got to the tee, I decided to just play. I hit a lot of solid shots today and my putting was really good too.
“I’m just going to keep it simple because there’s a lot of golf to play the next three days, and the weather is hot out there too, so I’ll be trying to get as much shade as I can.”
Yang will face stiff competition over the next few days, with Americans Marina Alex and Michelle Wie putting up strong showings in round one as well.
Giving some insight into her tournament preparation over the past few days, Alex said, “I’ve just been working on my setup and the basic stuff. When you play week-after-week, sometimes the basics will go off. I was just trying to go back to things like setup and posture, just to make sure I’m in order going into today. It made a difference for sure.”
Alex was accompanied in her group by Wie, who is one shot behind her, and tied in third place at 5-under par alongside Mo Martin, Feng Shanshan, Jenny Shin, Suzann Pettersen and Azahara Munoz. Wie has experienced a difficult season thus far, but has shown signs of an upward turn after finishing in an encouraging tenth place at the recent Blue Bay LPGA last week.
Wie said, “I had fun out there today. I love playing with Marina. She’s a really good friend of mine and she was playing great today, and we were just kind of feeding off each other’s energy.”