Inbee Park, Gerina Piller share early lead - NBC Sports

Inbee Park, Gerina Piller share early lead
Inbee Park of South Korea watches her shot on the third hole during the second round of the KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
March 20, 2014, 5:06 pm

PHOENIX (AP) Top-ranked Inbee Park birdied her final three holes Thursday for a 6-under 66 and a share of the JTBC Founders Cup lead among the early starters.

Coming off a victory two weeks ago in China in a Ladies European Tour event, Park closed with a tap-in birdie on the par-4 ninth after nearly holing a pitching wedge from 134 yards.

Gerina Piller also shot 66 in perfect conditions at Desert Ridge's Wildfire Golf Club, and 16-year-old Lydia Ko was a stroke back along with Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Mo Martin and Pornanong Phatlum. Playing alongside Park, Ko closed with a bogey on No. 9 after driving left into the desert.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis, second-ranked Suzann Pettersen, 2011 winner Karrie Webb and Michelle Wie were in the afternoon group.

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