American Danielle Kang, leader (-6); Ciganda, eighth, four strokes


Toledo (Ohio, USA), Jul 31 (EFE) .- The LPGA competition returned after 166 days of stoppage due to the coronavirus and the American Danielle Kang became the provisional leader of the LPGA Drive on Championship tournament at Deliver a 66-stroke (-6) card after completing the first round at the Inverness Club.

The club, where Paul Azinger beat Greg Norman in a tiebreaker at the 1993 PGA Championship, will host the Solheim Cup next year and offered to host the first event for the LPGA Tour since the Australian Women’s Open on 16 February.

The LPGA Tour will continue in Northeast Ohio next week before heading to Scotland.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England also played bogey for a record 67 (-5). Celine Boutier of France and Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa were also at low 5 until they both bogeyed in the final hole and had to settle for 68 (-4).

While the Spanish Carlota Ciganda finished in eighth place with a card of 70 strokes (-2), which leaves her in a position to continue among the contenders for the title.

Her compatriot Azahara Muñoz was not so precise in the shots and ended with a record of 73 (+1) and shared the 28th place with 19 other players.

But there was Beatriz Recari who finished in position 48 by delivering a 74-hit card (+2).

The most important world tour in golf attracted 130 players from some 30 countries, although it lacked the main stars of South Korea.

Jin Young Ko, the world’s number one player, and Sung Hyun Park have stayed home and are playing on the Korean LPGA. No one is expected to travel to Scotland for the British Women’s Open in three weeks.

(c) EFE Agency


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