Golf - Ryu bags nine birdies in Canada, grabs LPGA lead

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Golf - Ryu bags nine birdies in Canada, grabs LPGA lead
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LONDON, ON - AUGUST 21: So Yeon Ryu of South Korea hits her tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women's Open at the London Hunt and Country Club on August 21, 2014 in London, Ontario, Canada. Dave Sandford/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/DAVE SANDFORD)

- South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon fired a bogey-free opening round of nine-under-par 63 on Thursday to seize a one-stroke lead over compatriot Choi Na-Yeon at the LPGA Canadian Women's Open.

Ryu hit all 14 fairways and needed only 25 putts, reaching 16 of 18 greens in regulation and chipping in with a sand save to stand atop the leaderboard.

"I really feel great about that, especially because before I was going to tee off my warming up shots were really bad," Ryu said.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist was third on 65 with China's Lin Xi Yu, Spain's Azahara Munoz, American Danielle Kang and Park In-Bee of South Korea sharing fourth another stroke adrift.

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