Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Shin Takes One-Stroke Lead in LPGA Major

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Shin Takes One-Stroke Lead in LPGA Major

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HARRISON, N.Y. * South Korean Jenny Shin kept moving up the leaderboard, chasing Hall-of-Famer Karrie Webb.

Shin eventually caught her, shooting a bogey-free, 7-under 66 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the opening round at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the second major of the season.

"I was chasing the leaderboard all day, and I was surprised that Webby was at 6 under at one point," said Shin. "I got there and was like 'Maybe I can get one more on the 18th hole,' and I did."

Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson had a three-putt bogey on her final hole at the ninth to drop a shot back after Shin birdied No. 18 at the Westchester Country Club.

"I hit it well all day, I'm disappointed with the finish on the last hole," said the 17-year-old Henderson, who was playing on a sponsor exemption.

Webb birdied three of the first four holes and finished at 68. The 40-year-old Webb started her round in hazy conditions at No. 10 and shot a 4-under 33 on the opening nine. She had a bogey-free round until she dropped a shot on the seventh when she missed the fairway left and hit the front bunker.

"I hit a wedge to a foot and a half on 10 and that settled me in," Webb said. "Hit the green in two on 12 and had about a 15- footer for eagle. I really put some very solid swings on it early on."

Shin had five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th. She spoke to her sports psychologist on Wednesday night to help calm her nerves.

"I was freaking out for this round, so I tried to play as comfortable as I can, just like any other tournament," Shin said. "I tried not to think of it as a major and it turned out great. I had a couple of bogey-free rounds last week, so I think I'm on a good run."

Americans Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis were in a large group that finished four strokes back at 70 in steamy temperatures that reached the mid-80s. …

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