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Yang tied for lead in Korea

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INCHEON, South Korea (AP)

Amy Yang of South Korea impressed friends and family in the gallery as she shot a 5-under 67 to finish in a four-way tie for the lead after the first round of the KEB HanaBank Championship on Friday.

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Yang carded six birdies - five straight from the par-4 4th hole - against a lone bogey to tie with Katherine Hull-Kirk of Australia, compatriot Ju Young Pak and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden.

Caroline Hedwall, also of Sweden, was a further stroke back.

''It's been a long time since I played in Korea, so I had a lot of family and friends around me,'' said Yang, whose bogey came on the first hole. ''So in the beginning I was a little bit nervous, but later on I had better concentration and focus, so I made five birdies in a row.''

Nordqvist will be bidding to break a four-year winless drought.

''I feel like I put myself in a couple of good positions I just haven't really finished well,'' Nordqvist said.

Michelle Wie eagled the par-5 18th to finish two strokes back at 3-under 69, tied with six others including defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Brittany Lang.

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Inbee Park, who leads the money list and the player of the year rankings, had back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 and was tied for 13th at 2-under 70.

American teenager Lexi Thompson, who won the LPGA Malaysia on Sunday for her second career title, shot a 71 and was tied for 17th.

Na Yeon Choi of South Korea, who won here in 2009 and 2010, was tied for 18th after a 71.

Since the tournament's first year in 2002, a South Korean has successfully taken home the title seven out of the 11 years.

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