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Ilhee Lee leads way in Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP)

South Korea's Ilhee Lee shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lang after the opening round of the LPGA Malaysia on Thursday.

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Lee had four birdies on the back nine and another three on the front to take the lead from Lang.

"Everything felt good today, the driver, the 6-iron, the putter ... they were all good," the 24-year-old Lee said. "My goal was 3-under par every day this week, so I feel like I'm OK for the next couple of days."

Paula Creamer was among four players tied for third after shooting 66, while top-ranked Inbee Park, the defending champion, was tied for 28th after a 70.

Lang started off on the back nine with four straight birdies and was set to share the lead with Lee before a bogey on her final hole.

"I played great, didn't make too many mistakes, hitting the ball fantastically and had a lot of tap-in birdies," Lang said. "But I didn't finish off as strong as I'd like to. It gets pretty hot towards the end, so I need to get some rest and just make sure I'm eating and drinking enough out there."

Park also said the 90-degree weather made it difficult.

"I think I was affected a lot by the hot weather, that really made it hard to concentrate on the course," Park said. "I'm not a good player to play in such condition. But I've had success in recent years, like this year in Thailand and last year here in Malaysia. So I'm trying to relax a bit more and keep it going tomorrow."

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