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Tiffany Joh shoots scorching 9-under 62, leads Ladies Scottish Open

Republic of South Korea's Hyun Sung Park, right, on the first tee during day one of the Ladies Scottish Open golf tournament at Gullane, Scotland, Thursday July 26, 2018. (Jane Barlow / Associated Press)
Republic of South Korea's Hyun Sung Park, right, on the first tee during day one of the Ladies Scottish Open golf tournament at Gullane, Scotland, Thursday July 26, 2018. (Jane Barlow / Associated Press)
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GULLANE, Scotland – Tiffany Joh credited her “hot putter” as she shot a career-best 9-under 62 at the Ladies Scottish Open to take a four-shot lead after Thursday’s first round.

“I pretty much kept it in play and putted amazing, that’s the only way I could describe it today,” said the 31-year-old American, who opened and finished her round with birdies.

In-Kyung Kim, Amy Yang and Jenny Shin all shot 66 to share a three-way South Korean tie for second place at Gullane Golf Club.

Seven-time LPGA winner Kim called it “a tough course but I think it suits my game.”

Joh has yet to win in a decade on the LPGA Tour and her best finish in a major is joint-16th at the 2014 ANA Inspiration but she made the most of the hard, fast-running course to gain a significant advantage.

Six birdies in eight holes either side of the turn, added to two back-to-back from the start, catapulted her to the top of the leaderboard and she finished in style by picking up another shot at the 389-yard par four.

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