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Mirim Lee grabs lead at Kia Classic

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CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Mirim Lee birdied all four par-5 holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic.

Lee took the outright lead with an 8-foot putt on the par-5 fifth - her 14th hole in her afternoon round at Aviara - and hit a wedge to 3 feet to set up her final birdie on the par-5 eighth. The 24-year-old South Korean player won LPGA Tour events last year in Michigan and China.

"Today was putting," Lee said.

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Rank Player Earnings
1 L.Ko $487,485
2 A.Yang $439,341
3 S.Lewis $394,356
4 I.Park $318,148
5 S.Kim $310,422
6 N.Choi $295,845
7 H.Kim $271,059
8 A.Jutanugarn $229,024
9 I.Lee $191,055
10 J.Korda $177,791
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