LPGA

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 2018

June 22-24

Pinnacle Country Club, Arkansas

$2,000,000

June 22-24

Pinnacle Country Club, Arkansas

$2,000,000

Round 1

Gaby Lopez grabs Walmart lead with 63

June 22, 2018

Gaby Lopez, who took some time off after missing back-to-back cuts, fired an eight-under 63 to grab the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship on Friday.

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The 24-year-old did not play in the Meijer Classic last week, deciding instead to go home to Mexico and regroup.

The move paid dividends on Friday as she equalled her lowest round in relation to par for her career.

"The golf course is in great shape, the whole environment plays with me instead of against me," said Lopez, who also had an eight under at the Cambia Portland Classic last year.

"I've been working on basic stuff with my coach, Horacio Morales. That makes a big difference."

Seven players are one shot off the lead at seven-under 64: Lee Min-jee, Catriona Matthew, Nasa Hataoka, Moriya Jutanugarn, Lizette Salas, Lee Mi-rim and Aditi Ashok.

A half dozen players finished two back of Lopez at six-under.

Lopez started with three birdies over her first four holes and carried that momentum the rest of the way.

She made six birdies on the front nine to make the turn in 30 and rolled in two more birdies on the back.

Lopez was also brilliant with the putter, needing just 25 putts in her round.

This is the first time that Lopez will take a lead into the second round on the US LPGA Tour. She has three career top 10s, but no titles.

Of the 144 players in the field, 104 finished under par.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Gaby Lopez
-8
63
T2
Minjee Lee
-7
64
T2
Catriona Matthew
-7
64
T2
Nasa Hataoka
-7
64
T2
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
64
T2
Lizette Salas
-7
64
T2
Mirim Lee
-7
64
T2
Aditi Ashok
-7
64
T9
Hyo Joo Kim
-6
65
T9
Austin Ernst
-6
65
T9
Brittany Marchand
-6
65
T9
Mo Martin
-6
65
T9
Brittany Altomare
-6
65
T9
Sandra Changkija
-6
65
T15
Mariajo Uribe
-5
66
T15
Sandra Gal
-5
66
T15
Ariya Jutanugarn
-5
66
T15
Sung Hyun Park
-5
66
T15
Celine Boutier
-5
66
T15
Ally McDonald
-5
66
T15
Celine Herbin
-5
66
T15
Shanshan Feng
-5
66
T15
Stacy Lewis
-5
66
T15
Lydia Ko
-5
66
T15
Brittany Lincicome
-5
66
T15
Pernilla Lindberg
-5
66
T15
Jin Young Ko
-5
66
T15
Katherine Kirk
-5
66
T15
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-5
66
T30
Christina Kim
-4
67
T30
Ryann O'Toole
-4
67
T30
Julieta Granada
-4
67
T30
Mariah Stackhouse
-4
67
T30
So Yeon Ryu
-4
67
T30
Lexi Thompson
-4
67
T30
Juli Inkster
-4
67
T30
Jeong Eun Lee
-4
67
T30
Haeji Kang
-4
67
T30
Charley Hull
-4
67
T30
Azahara Munoz
-4
67
T30
Brianna Do
-4
67
T30
Alison Lee
-4
67
T30
Maria Torres
-4
67
T44
Karine Icher
-3
68
T44
Cheyenne Woods
-3
68
T44
Tiffany Joh
-3
68
T44
Mi Jung Hur
-3
68
T44
Jessica Korda
-3
68
T44
Anna Nordqvist
-3
68
T44
Lee-Anne Pace
-3
68
T44
Perrine Delacour
-3
68
T44
Cydney Clanton
-3
68
T44
Kris Tamulis
-3
68
T44
Lee Lopez
-3
68
T44
Jenny Shin
-3
68
T44
Michelle Wie
-3
68
T44
Inbee Park
-3
68
T44
Kelly Shon
-3
68
T59
Emily Collins
-2
69
T59
Morgan Pressel
-2
69
T59
Thidapa Suwannapura
-2
69
T59
Mel Reid
-2
69
T59
Brittany Lang
-2
69
T59
Jackie Stoelting
-2
69
T59
Olafia Kristinsdottir
-2
69
T59
Rebecca Artis
-2
69
T59
Nelly Korda
-2
69
T59
Sarah Jane Smith
-2
69
T59
Eun-Hee Ji
-2
69
T59
Yani Tseng
-2
69
T59
Amy Yang
-2
69
T59
Benyapa Niphatsophon
-2
69
T59
Robynn Ree
-2
69
T59
Daniela Darquea
-2
69
T59
Natalie Gulbis
-2
69
T59
Peiyun Chien
-2
69
T59
Dani Holmqvist
-2
69
T59
Bronte Law
-2
69
T79
Dylan Kim (a)
-1
70
T79
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
70
T79
Haru Nomura
-1
70
T79
Jennifer Song
-1
70
T79
Cristie Kerr
-1
70
T79
Annie Park
-1
70
T79
Carlota Ciganda
-1
70
T79
Megan Khang
-1
70
T79
Marina Alex
-1
70
T79
Paula Creamer
-1
70
T79
In-Kyung Kim
-1
70
T79
Nicole Broch Larsen
-1
70
T79
Yu Liu
-1
70
T79
Amy Olson
-1
70
T79
Caroline Hedwall
-1
70
T79
Vicky Hurst
-1
70
T79
Kassidy Teare
-1
70
T79
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-1
70
T79
Lauren Coughlin
-1
70
T79
Cindy LaCrosse
-1
70
T79
Ayako Uehara
-1
70
T79
Angela Stanford
-1
70
T79
Kim Kaufman
-1
70
T79
Emma Talley
-1
70
T79
Laetitia Beck
-1
70
T79
Luna Sobron
-1
70
T105
Wichanee Meechai
E
71
T105
Lindy Duncan
E
71
T105
Ashleigh Buhai
E
71
T105
Emily Pedersen
E
71
T105
Sun Young Yoo
E
71
T105
Lauren Kim
E
71
T105
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
E
71
T105
Paula Reto
E
71
T105
Katie Burnett
E
71
T105
Giulia Molinaro
E
71
T105
Caroline Masson
E
71
T105
Wei-Ling Hsu
E
71
T105
Tiffany Chan
E
71
T105
Chella Choi
E
71
T119
Hee Young Park
1
72
T119
Jaye Marie Green
1
72
T119
Beatriz Recari
1
72
T119
Jacqui Concolino
1
72
T119
Daniela Iacobelli
1
72
T119
Leticia Ras-Anderica
1
72
T119
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
1
72
T119
Hannah Green
1
72
T119
Camilla Lennarth
1
72
T128
P.K. Kongkraphan
2
73
T128
Maria Fassi (a)
2
73
T128
Madelene Sagstrom
2
73
T128
Mi Hyang Lee
2
73
T128
Alena Sharp
2
73
T128
Jane Park
2
73
T128
Amelia Lewis
2
73
T128
Su Oh
2
73
T128
Sydnee Michaels
2
73
T137
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
3
74
T137
Erynne Lee
3
74
T137
Jessy Tang
3
74
T140
Jing Yan
4
75
T140
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
4
75
T140
Gemma Dryburgh
4
75
143
Danielle Kang
5
76
144
Joanna Klatten
7
78
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Gaby Lopez
-8
63
T2
Minjee Lee
-7
64
T2
Catriona Matthew
-7
64
T2
Nasa Hataoka
-7
64
T2
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
64
T2
Lizette Salas
-7
64
T2
Mirim Lee
-7
64
T2
Aditi Ashok
-7
64
T9
Hyo Joo Kim
-6
65
T9
Austin Ernst
-6
65
T9
Brittany Marchand
-6
65
T9
Mo Martin
-6
65
T9
Brittany Altomare
-6
65
T9
Sandra Changkija
-6
65
T15
Mariajo Uribe
-5
66
T15
Sandra Gal
-5
66
T15
Ariya Jutanugarn
-5
66
T15
Sung Hyun Park
-5
66
T15
Celine Boutier
-5
66
T15
Ally McDonald
-5
66
T15
Celine Herbin
-5
66
T15
Shanshan Feng
-5
66
T15
Stacy Lewis
-5
66
T15
Lydia Ko
-5
66
T15
Brittany Lincicome
-5
66
T15
Pernilla Lindberg
-5
66
T15
Jin Young Ko
-5
66
T15
Katherine Kirk
-5
66
T15
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-5
66
T30
Christina Kim
-4
67
T30
Ryann O'Toole
-4
67
T30
Julieta Granada
-4
67
T30
Mariah Stackhouse
-4
67
T30
So Yeon Ryu
-4
67
T30
Lexi Thompson
-4
67
T30
Juli Inkster
-4
67
T30
Jeong Eun Lee
-4
67
T30
Haeji Kang
-4
67
T30
Charley Hull
-4
67
T30
Azahara Munoz
-4
67
T30
Brianna Do
-4
67
T30
Alison Lee
-4
67
T30
Maria Torres
-4
67
T44
Karine Icher
-3
68
T44
Cheyenne Woods
-3
68
T44
Tiffany Joh
-3
68
T44
Mi Jung Hur
-3
68
T44
Jessica Korda
-3
68
T44
Anna Nordqvist
-3
68
T44
Lee-Anne Pace
-3
68
T44
Perrine Delacour
-3
68
T44
Cydney Clanton
-3
68
T44
Kris Tamulis
-3
68
T44
Lee Lopez
-3
68
T44
Jenny Shin
-3
68
T44
Michelle Wie
-3
68
T44
Inbee Park
-3
68
T44
Kelly Shon
-3
68
T59
Emily Collins
-2
69
T59
Morgan Pressel
-2
69
T59
Thidapa Suwannapura
-2
69
T59
Mel Reid
-2
69
T59
Brittany Lang
-2
69
T59
Jackie Stoelting
-2
69
T59
Olafia Kristinsdottir
-2
69
T59
Rebecca Artis
-2
69
T59
Nelly Korda
-2
69
T59
Sarah Jane Smith
-2
69
T59
Eun-Hee Ji
-2
69
T59
Yani Tseng
-2
69
T59
Amy Yang
-2
69
T59
Benyapa Niphatsophon
-2
69
T59
Robynn Ree
-2
69
T59
Daniela Darquea
-2
69
T59
Natalie Gulbis
-2
69
T59
Peiyun Chien
-2
69
T59
Dani Holmqvist
-2
69
T59
Bronte Law
-2
69
T79
Dylan Kim (a)
-1
70
T79
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
70
T79
Haru Nomura
-1
70
T79
Jennifer Song
-1
70
T79
Cristie Kerr
-1
70
T79
Annie Park
-1
70
T79
Carlota Ciganda
-1
70
T79
Megan Khang
-1
70
T79
Marina Alex
-1
70
T79
Paula Creamer
-1
70
T79
In-Kyung Kim
-1
70
T79
Nicole Broch Larsen
-1
70
T79
Yu Liu
-1
70
T79
Amy Olson
-1
70
T79
Caroline Hedwall
-1
70
T79
Vicky Hurst
-1
70
T79
Kassidy Teare
-1
70
T79
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-1
70
T79
Lauren Coughlin
-1
70
T79
Cindy LaCrosse
-1
70
T79
Ayako Uehara
-1
70
T79
Angela Stanford
-1
70
T79
Kim Kaufman
-1
70
T79
Emma Talley
-1
70
T79
Laetitia Beck
-1
70
T79
Luna Sobron
-1
70
T105
Wichanee Meechai
E
71
T105
Lindy Duncan
E
71
T105
Ashleigh Buhai
E
71
T105
Emily Pedersen
E
71
T105
Sun Young Yoo
E
71
T105
Lauren Kim
E
71
T105
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
E
71
T105
Paula Reto
E
71
T105
Katie Burnett
E
71
T105
Giulia Molinaro
E
71
T105
Caroline Masson
E
71
T105
Wei-Ling Hsu
E
71
T105
Tiffany Chan
E
71
T105
Chella Choi
E
71
T119
Hee Young Park
1
72
T119
Jaye Marie Green
1
72
T119
Beatriz Recari
1
72
T119
Jacqui Concolino
1
72
T119
Daniela Iacobelli
1
72
T119
Leticia Ras-Anderica
1
72
T119
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
1
72
T119
Hannah Green
1
72
T119
Camilla Lennarth
1
72
T128
P.K. Kongkraphan
2
73
T128
Maria Fassi (a)
2
73
T128
Madelene Sagstrom
2
73
T128
Mi Hyang Lee
2
73
T128
Alena Sharp
2
73
T128
Jane Park
2
73
T128
Amelia Lewis
2
73
T128
Su Oh
2
73
T128
Sydnee Michaels
2
73
T137
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
3
74
T137
Erynne Lee
3
74
T137
Jessy Tang
3
74
T140
Jing Yan
4
75
T140
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
4
75
T140
Gemma Dryburgh
4
75
143
Danielle Kang
5
76
144
Joanna Klatten
7
78