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I.K. Kim leads Portland Classic
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) I.K. Kim birdied the first four holes on the back nine Thursday and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Portland Classic.
The South Korean birdied seven of the first 13 holes and closed her afternoon round with five straight pars.
"I hit the ball well and made some putts coming down ... there was a couple of tricky holes coming down the stretch, so I'm very pleased with how I finished," Kim said.
"The putting was ... a little disappointing."
Amelia Lewis and Jennifer Song were a shot back in ideal conditions at Columbia Edgewater. Lewis, winless on the tour, had a bogey-free round.
"I've been working on my swing a little bit and tweaking a few things, and now it's coming back and working out. So it's going to be a good end of the year," Lewis said.
Anna Nordqvist, a two-time winner this year, was another stroke back at 67 along with Mina Harigae, Julieta Granada, Laura Diaz, Alison Walshe, Emma Jandel and Paula Reto.
Juli Inkster, making her 28th appearance in the event at age 54, topped the group at 68. The round was her second-lowest of the year, following a 66 at the U.S. Women's Open.
"I've got a long way to go, but to win anywhere would mean a great deal, especially since I'm not playing that much. It feels good to get out here and play," said Inkster, who won the 1999 tournament.
So Yeon Ryu, coming off a victory Sunday in the Canadian Women's Open, was in a group at 70 that included Na Yeon Choi, 18-year-old English player Charley Hull and Yani Tseng.
Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot 71. She also won the 2011 event.
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis, No. 2 Inbee Park and No. 3 Lydia Ko are skipping the tournament, giving them a two-week break before the Evian Championship in France.
Updated August 29, 2014
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