Klatten Sits Atop Kingsmill Leaderboard After Day 1; Pressel and Creamer Close Behind

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Joanna Klatten
Joanna Klatten holds her ball up to the crowd after sinking a putt. (Photo courtesy of John Kuhnley)

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After the opening round of the Kingsmill Championship, France's Joanna Klatten sits atop the leaderboard after shooting a 6-under 65, which ties her career low.

Leading an LPGA Tour event early is new for Klatten, who is ranked No. 149 in the world and has never led after the first round of a tournament before now.

"I definitely had luck on my side today," she said. "I had good breaks and it feels really good. Lately, it felt the other way around, but I knew that it always evens out. Today, it definitely did."

Klatten will not have time to rest comfortably, with three golfers — Morgan Pressel, Alison Lee and Pat Hurst — sitting one stroke back of first after one round of play.

Lee, a rookie on the LPGA Tour, had a strong game on the green, putting a total of 26 times to put herself into contention for her first LPGA Tour win.

"My short game was my strength," she said. "Being out here on tour as a rookie, I'm just getting used to everything out here and I haven't been practicing my short game as much. I have been trying to do my best to practice a little more of my short game instead of just hitting range balls and playing every day."

Paula Creamer seemed poised to take the top spot away from Klatten, quickly moving to 3-under after just five holes. Creamer's pace slowed down throughout the rest of the round and culminated with a bogey on 18 that would have put her in a four-way tie for second.

Creamer sits tied for fifth with three other golfers — Jacqui Concolino, Perrine Delacour and So Yeon Ryu — at 4-under.

One of the biggest stories of the day came from the bottom of the leaderboard, as Michelle Wie withdrew from the tournament after shooting an opening round 7-over 78.

"Regrettably, I need to withdraw today due to a left hip injury that has been bothering me this week," Wie said after finishing her round. "The Kingsmill Championship is one of my favorite events, and I would like to thank the tournament staff and fans for their hospitality.”

Looking down the leaderboard, the top-ranked lady golfer in the world, Lydia Ko, sits tied for 40th after shooting an even par 71 during the opening round.

The No. 2 player in the world, Inbee Park, is sitting tied for 53rd after shooting a 1-over 72, while American Stacy Lewis, No. 4 in the world, is tied for 17th at 2-under par.

To see the full leaderboard standings from day one, click here.

Klatten Sits Atop Kingsmill Leaderboard After Day 1; Pressel and Creamer Close Behind