Inbee Park shoots 66 in LPGA's LA return

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Inbee Park's flirtation with retirement is in the rear-view mirror.

Backed by a large contingent of South Korean fans, Park shot a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead Thursday in the opening round of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in the LPGA Tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

Showers ended shortly before Park's threesome, including second-ranked Lexi Thompson, teed off at windy Wilshire Country Club just south of Hollywood.

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Money Leaders: LPGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Inbee Park $586,984
2 Brooke Henderson $496,619
3 Pernilla Lindberg $479,270
4 Ariya Jutanugarn $466,055
5 Jessica Korda $413,820
6 Michelle Wie $358,723
7 Eun-Hee Ji $336,834
8 Jin Young Ko $328,101
9 Moriya Jutanugarn $308,701
10 Brittany Lincicome $305,778
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