Ryu shoots course-record 61 at NW Arkansas Championship

Park Sung-hyun rolled in six straight birdies as she rode a hot putter to an eight-under 63 and a two-shot lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship on Friday.

"I mean, as soon as I hit it I thought, 'oh, it's got a chance, '" Reid said about her tee shot at the 11 hole.

"I only focus on my ball, only on one hole, instead of thinking of the whole thing. Especially I was happy with my putting because last time when I played a tournament, I was really struggling with my putting", Ryu said about her round. Ryu took some time off after missing the cut in her last start at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, ending the longest running active cut streak on Tour dating back to 2014. I think that's the main key, just do not think about your career low score or winning the tournament, just be the best.

Meanwhile, Stacy Lewis, Juli Inkster, Moriya Jutanugarn, Katherine Kirk and Felicity Johnson were at 66 after Friday.

Michelle Wie, with her second consecutive 68 finished at six-under par in a tie for 10th place, while world number two Lydia Ko was in a group of eight players tied for 20th place after a second round 67 left her at five-under par.

The defending champion, Ko mixed four birdies with three bogeys at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas.

Reid's round was highlighted at the 11th where she made a hole-in-one that pushed her to 8 under. I just hit a little nine-iron, so I think it was 135.

She had two birdies on either side of the turn at the 10th and 14th holes with a bogey sandwiched between them at the 13th hole. "He also told me like your putting stroke is so smooth and you're really great, so after that I got extra confidence". I just tried to play a 130 shot and it pitched about 7 [feet] behind it and came back. The opening round was delayed for almost an hour because of unsafe weather conditions in the area.

Meanwhile, Ai Miyazato made her return to the U.S. LPGA Tour after a two-month absence.

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