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LPGA Championship / How the first round was played

At the top: Cristie Kerr was resilient in harsh afternoon conditions and joined fellow American Stacy Lewis and South Korean Seon Hwa Lee at the head of the class. All shot 4-under 68.

Lurking: Michelle Wie is four back after a pedestrian 72 but it was evident she can overpower this course if she starts finding fairways. She'll need to cut down on the putts, too. She had 30 without a three-whack.

Close to perfect: Lewis hit 13 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation, exceptional numbers given the slimmed landing areas and fluctuating weather conditions.

Toughest hole: It's not often a par-5 tops the list, but the 532-yard fourth proved a bear, yielding only 11 birdies while bleeding the field for 43 bogeys, seven doubles and two triples. It played to a 5.35 average.

Easiest hole: The par-5 17th, covering 478 yards, yielded 41 birdies and three eagles and played to 4.77.

Unapproachable: South Korea's Misun Cho found all 14 fairways yet hit just 8 of 18 greens in regulation and carded a 77.

Quotable: South Korean Seon Hwa Lee on the conditions: "It was really hard to play today because of lots of wind, and the wind direction [changed] a couple of times, so it's really hard to read the wind direction today. It's really hard to play today." She shot 68 to gain a share of the lead.

Quotable II: Juli Inkster on the crowd support provided on her 50th birthday: "It was nice to be loved."

On tap: Play gets under way at 7:15 this morning. Kerr goes off the first tee at 9:16, Lewis at 12:26. The threesome with Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel starts on the back side at 1:10.

-- Bob DiCesare