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Szokol opens with 64, up 3 shots in Singapore



SINGAPORE — Elizabeth Szokol shot an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday for a 3-stroke lead after the first round of the Women’s World Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

The 28-year-old American was 3 shots ahead of Yuka Saso and 4 clear of a pack of six others, including Nelly Korda, at 4 under.

Szokol is returning from a back injury — a herniated disk — and said she took advantage of the soft conditions on the damp course.

“This is my first time playing here,” Szokol said. “And people had said usually it’s a bit firmer. But the rain definitely softened it up. So I could be a little bit more aggressive with some pins today.”

Saso won the 2021 U.S. Open as a teenager but has not won any titles since.

“Well, winning here on the LPGA is not easy,” she said. “So you just have to keep grinding and keep working and give yourself a chance.”

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