Malaysia’s Kelly Tan birdied three of her first four holes in shooting a three-under par 67 to match American Brittany Lincicome for the lead after Thursday’s opening round of the Women’s PGA Championship.
World number 189 Tan, seeking her first LPGA victory, sank three birdie putts from 25 feet and beyond to help offset two bogeys in a tough opening round at Aronimink in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
“Ball-striking was really good today,” Tan said. “I just feel like I was hitting to the right spot, giving myself those uphill looks, and made a few nice 20 to 30-footers.”
Lincicome managed four birdies against a lone bogey as she chases a third major victory after the 2009 and 2015 ANA Inspiration titles.
“Very happy,” Lincicome said. “Today it was kind of trusting my process, fairways and greens, being aggressive, don’t leave the putts short, and kind of just attack the golf