Evian: In Gee Chun, Sung Hyun Park tied

The two South Koreans ended the day with a one-shot lead over Olympic bronze medalist Shanshan Feng and American Annie Park, who is sixth in the Rolex rookie standings.

The 22-year-old South Korean had shared the first-round lead on 63 with compatriot Park Sung-Hyun, but she moved two clear of the pack with a six-birdie round.

Chun, the 2015 U.S. Women's Open champion, had a bogey on the fourth hole but otherwise played with great control, hitting six birdies in rainy and overcast conditions at the picturesque resort overlooking Lake Geneva.

"I could see the putting lines very well, and I was so good rolling the ball on those lines", said Chun.

On Thursday she played with world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and 15-year-old Swedish amateur Julia Engstrom. "I want to be happy on the course", she said.

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Korean Park, a non-member of the LPGA Tour who led during this year's U.S. Women's Open where she tied for third, grabbed a share of the lead by sinking an 18-foot birdie putt at the 18th.

Chun, who missed the cut in her only previous appearance at the Evian a year ago, said that experience was helpful on the opening day.

"I worry about tee shot", said Park.

Feng, the 2012 LPGA Champion, had a 67 and said that the Olympics in Rio had boosted her confidence, as she chases a second major and a 17th professional title.

"I was making up and downs".

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Lydia Ko is running on adrenalin as she looks to win a rare award that has eluded her in her short but remarkable career on the LPGA. "Standing over the last shot on the ninth green, I just told myself, 'I'm so exhausted, but it's just one more shot.' Pleased to execute as good as I did".

Beginning on the back nine, Chun posted gains at the 11th and 13th to reach the turn in 34 before surging up the leaderboard with three gains in a four-hole stretch. "I think that's why I was able to enjoy major tournaments, and when you enjoy golf, you know you can play well..."

Defending champion Lydia Ko opened with a one-under-par 70 and sits in a tie for 28th and seven shots back. Even when she doesn't win she seems to find herself in the mix, as evidenced by the fact that she has finished in the top-five in seven of her last eight starts including wins at the Arkansas Championship and Marathon Classic.

"I was nervous at the start of today's round and it was wet and windy". It is named after 10-time major victor Annika Sorenstam. "But I still feel like I have a little energy".

Engstrom has struggled in majors since becoming the youngest victor of the British Women's Amateur title in June, missing the cut at the British and US Opens.

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