China's Xiyu Lin hit an eagle on the par-five 17th hole to lead after the first round of The Ascendant LPGA tournament in The Colony, Texas. Lin hit a six-under 65 at the Old American Golf Club. She thus surpassed Lizette Salas and the Thai Atthaya Thitikul, who finished with a 66, five under par.
Xiyu Lin, results
After getting five birdies and one bogey on her first 16 holes, Lin had her highlight on the 17th, where she hit the green in two shots, something that surprised him. "The 17th green became achievable for me.
I hit a really good drive and the second one was too. Then I putted," Lin said. The Chinese is fighting for a third top10 this month. She was tied for seventh at the Dana Open and second at the Kroger Queen City Championship a week later.
She is looking for her first victory on the LPGA. Salas set the pace early with the 66, with no bogeys from her. She made all five of her birdies on her first eleven holes before making a par the rest of the way. "We actually came out with a very solid par on the first hole.
I think that gave me some confidence with my short game," Salas said. "I have taken the momentum from last week and applied it to this week," she commented with satisfaction after her return. For her part, Thitikul started on the back nine and made three birdies in a row from 15 to 17.
She earned her sixth birdie of the day at 8, but ended up with a bogey at 9. The 19-year-old is coming off a win at last week's Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, his second win of the year. She could go from fourth to first in the annual ranking points with a strong result this week.
American Lexi Thompson, Canadian Maddie Szeryk, England's Charley Hull and Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn tied for fourth place with u-67, four under par. Defending champion Jin Young Ko is not participating in the tournament due to a wrist injury.
In a Spanish key, she only participates in the Nuria Iturrios tournament. She is tied for 116th position after the first round with a +6, after closing Thursday's session with a birdie, five bogeys and a double bogey.