Jenny Shin acknowledges the gallery on the first green during the final round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Sunday, July 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Rick Osentoski
March 25, 2016

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Jenny Shin took the lead Friday in the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic, a stroke ahead of top-ranked Lydia Ko and Brittany Lang.

Shin birdied five of her first eight holes and had a 7-under 65 to reach 10-under 134 at Aviara in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week in Rancho Mirage. The 23-year-old South Korean player is winless on the LPGA Tour.

Ko shot a 67, and Lang had a 68. The 18-year-old Ko was second Sunday in Phoenix in the Founders Cup.

Second-ranked Inbee Park and fellow South Korean player Hyo Joo Kim were 8 under. Park had a 69, and Kim shot a 66.

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