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Pettersen jumps out to early lead in Taiwan LPGA

Defending champion Pettersen jumps out to early lead in Taiwan LPGA event

Despite the rain and poor visibility, Suzann Pettersen of Norway, tees off on the first day of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship tournament at the ...
Michelle Wie of the United States, tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship tournament at the Sunrise...
Ai Miyazato of Japan, tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship tournament at the Sunrise Golf & Count...
Yani Tseng of Taiwan, reacts to cheers from fans as she prepares to tee off on the first hole during the first round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Champi...

Taiwan LPGA

Despite the rain and poor visibility, Suzann Pettersen of Norway, tees off on the first day of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship tournament at the ...

Taiwan LPGA Golf

Michelle Wie of the United States, tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship tournament at the Sunrise...

Taiwan LPGA Golf

Ai Miyazato of Japan, tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship tournament at the Sunrise Golf & Count...

Taiwan LPGA Golf

Yani Tseng of Taiwan, reacts to cheers from fans as she prepares to tee off on the first hole during the first round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Champi...

YANGMEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Defending champion Suzann Pettersen took an early lead in the $2 million Sunrise Championship in Taiwan, as she presses her bid to overtake South Korea's Inbee Park at the top of the LPGA rankings.

Pettersen carded a 4-under 68 in the first round Thursday on the Sunrise course in the Taipei suburb of Yangmei. She had a three-stroke lead over Americans Alison Walshe and Irene Cho and Caroline Hedwall of Sweden with most of the players in the field finished their rounds.

Even with a victory in Taiwan, Pettersen cannot overhaul Park this week. But a good result will set up a nail-biting finish to the LPGA season.

Park is not participating in the Taiwan event.


Updated : 2021-01-25 13:15 GMT+08:00