Choi leads LPGA Safeway Classic after 1st round

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NORTH PLAINS, ORE. (AP) - Na Yeon Choi would like to have the 18th hole at Pumpkin Ridge back.

Choi double-bogeyed the par-4 final hole, but her 6-under 65 held up for the first-round lead at the LPGA Safeway Classic on Friday.

Choi was a runner-up when Ai Miyazato of Japan won last year’s Safeway Classic, besting Cristie Kerr and Choi by two shots on the Ghost Creek course nestled in farmland west of Portland.

Grace Park, who has withdrawn or been cut in 38 of her last 67 tournaments, was two strokes back with a 67 after the first round. Se Ri Pak, Anna Nordqvist, M.J. Hur and Ashli Bunch all shot 68s as golfers with later tee times struggled against brisk afternoon breezes.

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