KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) – Beth Bader shot a 4-under 68 on Wednesday at windy Ko Olina to take a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng and three other players in the LPGA LOTTE Championship.
Winless in 13 seasons on the LPGA Tour, Bader birdied Nos. 5, 6 and 7 to reach 5 under, but closed with a bogey on the par-4 ninth in the first-year event.
Tseng, the Taiwanese star who has won three of the first six events this year, was second along with HSBC Women's Champions winner Angela Stanford, Jiyai Shin and Brittany Lang.
Sun Young Yoo, coming off a playoff victory over I.K. Kim on April 1 in the Kraft Nabisco, topped the group at 70. Kim, devastated by a missed 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation in the Kraft Nabisco, shot a 71.
Michelle Wie had two early double bogeys in a 78 that left her 10 strokes back. She has missed the cuts in her last two starts.