So Yeon Ryu of South Korea watches her shot from the sixth hole during the first round of the LPGA Malaysia golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
Joshua Paul
April 21, 2016

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) So Yeon Ryu shot a tournament-record 9-under 63 on Thursday to take the early first-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

Playing in the first group of the day off the 10th tee, the South Korean player had seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch on the back nine and added two more on the front nine at Lake Merced.

Japan's Haru Nomura was second after a 65. China's Xi Yu Lin and the Netherlands' Christel Boeljon shot 67, and two-time defending champion Lydia Ko topped the group at 68. Ko already has two victories in California this year, winning the Kia Classic and ANA Inspiration in consecutive weeks.

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