Ruixin Liu takes lead with bogey-free round in Cincinnati

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September 8, 2023
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Ruixin Liu recorded a 7-under, bogey-free 65 to take the first-round lead at the Kroger Queen City Championship in Cincinnati on Thursday, the first post-round lead she has ever held in her five seasons on the LPGA Tour.

The Chinese player tied her career-low round on Tour, and just her fifth individual round in the 60s this year, with seven birdies in her first 13 holes.

“Well, so I didn't get off to a good start on the first hole, but I made the putt,” said Liu.

Her second shot on the par-4 first hole found the greenside bunker. After freeing her ball from the sand, she made a long par putt to earn her the first of two sand saves on Thursday followed by two straight birdies on 2 and 3, then two more on 6 and 7 and made the turn in 31 with an additional birdie on 9. On the back nine, she made birdie on 11 and 13 before ending the round with five pars in a row.

“On the second hole was a reachable par-5 so I hit my 3-wood on the green (in two) and it was like 18 yards, two-putt. And then I made I think 15 feet on the third hole, and from that point on the putter is just rolling great,” said Liu. “I pretty much made everything except for hole No. 12. That's the only bad hole I played today, because my second shot was only like 18 feet to the hole for eagle and I three-putt that one.”

Liu has made the cut in seven of her fourteen starts this season with a best finish of T9 at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational alongside playing partner and compatriot Yan Liu. She has withdrawn from two events after the first round this season, including last week’s Portland Classic.

“To be honest with you I withdraw last week because I was having severe allergy like I always do,” she said. “I'm still a little not clear today. I don't know how I did this good, but it happen and I'm very happy to take it.”

Four players are tied one stroke behind Liu at T2. Filipina golfer Dottie Ardina made seven birdies in her first ten holes to tie Liu’s lead with eight left to play, but a bogey on 12 and a string of six pars put her in the clubhouse with a 6-under 66. Ardina, whose best finishes this season are a pair of back-to-back T26 results, has missed the cut in her past three starts on Tour and was relieved to put together a good first round, especially given her pre-tournament practice schedule.

“To be honest, I only played the back nine for the practice round. I didn't play the front nine, so I was just kind of winging it out there this afternoon. I was just trying to hit fairways and greens. Obviously the greens are kind of fast this week compared to last week, so I was definitely making putts the first ten holes, which is really nice,” said Ardina. “I think it's also I had a good numbers on my approach shots. It wasn't in between clubs at first, so I was just like hitting my numbers and leaving it, you know, where the easiest putt and making the putt.”

Sweden's Linnea Strom and Chinese Taipei's Peiyun Chien shot similar rounds to Ardina, with seven birdies and one bogey on the card putting them in a tie for second. Also tied for second is American Elizabeth Szokol, who was one of nine players to put together a bogey-free round on Thursday.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Ruixin Liu-765
T2Peiyun Chien-666
T2Elizabeth Szokol-666
T2Dottie Ardina-666
T2Linnea Strom-666
T6Hye-Jin Choi-567
T6Emily Kristine Pedersen-567
T6Charley Hull-567
T6Hae Ran Ryu-567
T6Perrine Delacour-567
T6Minjee Lee-567
T12Linnea Johansson-468
T12Stephanie Meadow-468
T12Mariajo Uribe-468
T12Yealimi Noh-468
T12Maria Fassi-468
T12Lydia Ko-468
T12Ruoning Yin-468
T12Morgane Metraux-468
T12Pavarisa Yoktuan-468
T21Gabriela Ruffels-369
T21Brittany Altomare-369
T21Sydnee Michaels-369
T21Ally Ewing-369
T21Jennifer Kupcho-369
T21Madelene Sagstrom-369
T21Yuka Saso-369
T21Gabriella Then-369
T21Moriya Jutanugarn-369
T21Ariya Jutanugarn-369
T21Dani Holmqvist-369
T21Ines Laklalech-369
T21Bailey Tardy-369
T21Lauren Hartlage-369
T21Lauren Stephenson-369
T36Christina Kim-270
T36Nanna Koerstz Madsen-270
T36Rose Zhang-270
T36Esther Henseleit-270
T36Sung Hyun Park-270
T36Jennifer Song-270
T36Pornanong Phatlum-270
T36Jaravee Boonchant-270
T36Riley Rennell-270
T36Pernilla Lindberg-270
T36Lauren Coughlin-270
T36Jenny Shin-270
T36Frida Kinhult-270
T49Cydney Clanton-171
T49Lindy Duncan-171
T49Weiwei Zhang-171
T49Amelia Lewis-171
T49Yan Liu-171
T49Mel Reid-171
T49Azahara Munoz-171
T49Arpichaya Yubol-171
T49Brooke M. Henderson-171
T49Angel Yin-171
T49Stephanie Kyriacou-171
T49Gaby Lopez-171
T49Grace Kim-171
T49Andrea Lee-171
T49Chanettee Wannasaen-171
T49Brianna Do-171
T49Annie Park-171
T49Emma Talley-171
T49Soo Bin Joo-171
T49Kelly Tan-171
T69Ana BelacPar72
T69Gina KimPar72
T69Allisen CorpuzPar72
T69Narin AnPar72
T69Paula CreamerPar72
T69Yuna NishimuraPar72
T69Haru NomuraPar72
T69Marissa SteenPar72
T69Sarah KempPar72
T69Jeongeun Lee5Par72
T69Xiaowen YinPar72
T69Samantha WagnerPar72
T69Mia Hammond (a)Par72
T69Kiira RiihijarviPar72
T69Luna Sobron GalmesPar72
T69Ellinor SudowPar72
T69Caroline InglisPar72
T69Maddie SzerykPar72
T69Lucy LiPar72
T88Yaeeun Hong+173
T88Valery Plata+173
T88Mariah Stackhouse+173
T88Faith Kilgore+173
T88Olivia Cowan+173
T88Dana Fall+173
T88Muni He+173
T88Wei-Ling Hsu+173
T88Hinako Shibuno+173
T88Lexi Thompson+173
T88Xiyu Lin+173
T88Paula Reto+173
T88Bronte Law+173
T88Jeongeun Lee6+173
T88Wichanee Meechai+173
T88Sarah Schmelzel+173
T88Jing Yan+173
T88Sofia Garcia+173
T88Jennifer Chang+173
T88Nasa Hataoka+173
T88Alexa Pano+173
T88Dewi Weber+173
T88Hyo Joon Jang+173
T88Polly Mack+173
T88Bianca Pagdanganan+173
T88Sophia Schubert+173
T114Ilhee Lee+274
T114Mina Harigae+274
T114Minami Katsu+274
T114Ashleigh Buhai+274
T114Yu Liu+274
T114Mi Hyang Lee+274
T114Jasmine Suwannapura+274
T114Linn Grant+274
T114Pajaree Anannarukarn+274
T114Aline Krauter+274
T124A Lim Kim+375
T124Sei Young Kim+375
T124Jodi Ewart Shadoff+375
T124Allison Emrey+375
T124Magdalena Simmermacher+375
T124Brittany Lincicome+375
T124Pauline Roussin+375
T124Amy Yang+375
T124Marina Alex+375
T124Albane Valenzuela+375
T124Cheyenne Knight+375
T135Min Lee+476
T135Su Oh+476
T137Celine Borge+577
T137Matilda Castren+577
T137Wenbo Liu+577
T137Celine Herbin+577
T137Karis Davidson+577
T137Amanda Doherty+577
143Yu-Sang Hou+678
144Maria Torres+880
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Kroger Queen City Championship 2023

Date: September 7th - 10th 2023

Location: Kenwood Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio

Purse: $2,000,000

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