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Haeji Kang pf South Korea takes 1st-round lead in home LPGA tournament at Incheon

  • Haeji Kang of South Korea reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Haeji Kang of South Korea reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Haeji Kang of South Korea watches her shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Haeji Kang of South Korea watches her shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Inbee Park of South Korea watches her shot on the 7th hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon,, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Inbee Park of South Korea watches her shot on the 7th hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon,, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

Haeji Kang shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead over five players, including three fellow South Koreans, after the first round of the LPGA's KEB-Hanabank Championship.

Lee Il-hee and defending champion Amy Yang shot 69s along with another South Korean, Mirim Lee. Australian Minjee Lee and Catriona Matthew of Scotland were also tied for second on the Ocean Course at the Sky72 Golf Club.

There was a large group tied for seventh with 70s, including Suzann Pettersen of Norway and American Brittany Lincicome.

Second-ranked Inbee Park, who could move to No. 1 with a win in the absence of top-ranked Stacy Lewis of the United States, was a further shot back with a 71. Park married swing coach Gi Hyeob-nam on Monday in Seoul.