Fudo takes lead at World Ladies Championship

first_imgVictory here for the 34-year-old Fudo, a six-time JLPGA money title winner, would see her become the first player to win all four majors on the Japanese tour.The number of majors was increased from three to four in 2008 with the addition of the World Ladies Championship.American Morgan Pressel opened her title defense with a 1-over 73, making three birdies against four bogeys, while Ai Miyazato’s recent struggles continued with a 76.Former World No. 1 Miyazato, who missed the cut for the first time on the U.S. LPGA Tour this season at the Avnet LPGA Classic last week, made three birdies against five bogeys and a double bogey.South Korea’s Choi Na Yeon, who topped last year’s U.S. LPGA money list, shot a 77 and was tied for 78th.The winner of the ¥120 million, 72-hole event will earn ¥24 million on Sunday. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES TSUKUBAMIRAI, IBARAKI PREF. – Yuri Fudo fired a 3-under 69 Thursday to establish a one-shot lead in the opening round of the World Ladies Championship, the first major of the season on the Japan LPGA Tour.Fudo, who is seeking her third win in as many tournaments after claiming her 50th career victory at last week’s Cyber Agent Ladies, made four birdies against a lone bogey at Ibaraki Golf Club to lead a group of five players including Momoko Ueda.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img