SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — Inbee Park completed the final requirement for the LPGA Hall of Fame on Thursday, playing the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
The 27-year-old South Korean player became the youngest woman to reach eligibility for the Hall of Fame, accomplishing the feat with her 10th event of her 10th season. She has won seven major titles — including the last three Women’s PGAs — and has 17 LPGA Tour victories.
Dealing with inflammation in the tendon and ligaments of her left thumb, Park closed with a bogey for a 1-over 72. She celebrated with family, Hall of Famers, fellow player and tour officials.
Park trailed first-round leader Brooke Henderson by five shots. The 18-year-old Henderson made a hole-in-one on her fourth hole and birdied the final two holes for a 4-under 67.
Henderson aced the 13th hole, using a 7-iron from 155 yards. The Canadian won a car that she gave to sister and caddie Brittany.
FEDEX ST. JUDE
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Shawn Stefani, Tom Hoge and Seung-yul Noh shared the FedEx St. Jude Classic lead at 5-under 65.
Little wind and perfect though fast greens created near perfect scoring conditions at the TPC Southwind. Some extra rough requiring tight shots also provided a good test for players preparing for the U.S. Open next week at Oakmont in Pennsylvania.
Hoge had a bogey-free round in the morning group. This is only the second time Hoge has played the event, but he has qualified for the U.S. Open twice in Memphis and tied for 12th at Southwind last year.
CONSTELLATION SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
FLOURTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jay Don Blake birdied three of the last five holes at windy Philadelphia Cricket Club for a 2-under 70 and the first-round lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship.
The 57-year-old Blake had five birdies and three bogeys on the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Wissahickon Course. He won the last of his three senior titles in 2012, and won at Torrey Pines in 1991 for his lone PGA Tour victory.
Vijay Singh bogeyed the par-4 18th to fall a stroke back along with Jeff Sluman, Brandt Jobe and Bart Bryant. Colin Montgomerie topped the group at 70.
ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) — Spain’s Adrian Otaegui shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead in the Lyoness Open.
The 23-year-old Otaegui birdied four of the last five holes at Diamond Country Club. Sweden’s Bjorn Akesson was second after a 66, and France’s Gary Stal and South Africa’s Zander Lombard shot 67.