SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Hyo Joo Kim bogeyed her final hole Thursday for a 5-under 66 and a share of the Marathon Classic lead with fellow South Korean player Mirim Lee and Japan’s Haru Nomura.
Celebrating her 21st birthday, Kim had four birdies in a six-hole stretch on her second nine at rain-softened Highland Meadows.
“Last night, it was raining, so it’s little bit more softer green,” Kim said through a translator. “I hit good shots, a lot of good shots, good drives, good putts, but on the last hole I missed a putt. … “Best part of game was tee shot, which is driver shot and iron shot. I’m not complaining about any shot today.”
She won the season-opening event in the Bahamas for her third career title.
“It was long time ago, so I forgot kind of what feel it was,” Kim said.
Nomura won the Women’s Australian Open in February for her first LPGA Tour title and took the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in April in California.
“Today par-putter is good,” Nomura said. “Shots good, second numbers, and everything smooth.”
Ariya Jutanugarn, the long-hitting Thai player who won three straight events in May, was a stroke back…