Hataoka fires 7-under 65 to lead in South Korea


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Published 3:33 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2018 | Updated 4:51 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2018

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Nasa Hataoka of Japan fired a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the KEB Hana Bank Championship on Thursday.

Danielle Kang and Charley Hull were two shots back on a chilly, windy, damp day at the Sky 72 Ocean Course.

Sung Hyun Park, the U.S. LPGA Tour’s top-ranked player, was among a handful of players three shots back.

Park could have been closer but took a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 17th.

Hataoka was matter-of-fact about the tough conditions.

“As a professional golfer, I believe that we need to be able to play solid and under any condition, including very strong winds,” she said.

She had eight birdies through 16 holes to reach 8 under, but then dropped a shot at 17.

The 19-year-old Hataoka was ranked in triple digits just a year ago but has climbed to No. 14 in the LPGA rankings — the top…



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