Bader takes lead at LPGA LOTTE Championship

With numerous highly ranked and top players in the field, Beth Bader came up with the best score Wednesday during the first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

Bader fired a four-under 68 to take an unlikely lead at the first-year event, ahead of world No. 1 Yani Tseng and three others.

Now in her 12th season on the LPGA Tour, Bader has never won a title and hasn't had many finishes recently. In the 2010 and '11 seasons, she missed the cut in 18 of 23 events, and her best finish was a tie for 22nd.

But Bader sits at the head of a field that includes the top five players in the world, including Tseng, who has won three times this season. Tseng carded a three-under 69 and shares second with world No. 7 Jiyai Shin, Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford, who won the HSBC Women's Champions in February.

Second-ranked Suzann Pettersen and Sun Young Yoo, who earned a playoff victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship three weeks ago, headline a group tied for sixth at two-under.