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Six-way tie for lead at Pinnacle Country Club
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September 24, 2022
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Six players are tied at 7-under at the top of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard presented by P&G.

Playing partners Megan Khang and Ryann O’Toole of the USA closed with 64s to set the pace early in the day. O’Toole carded six consecutive birdies on the front nine to make the turn in 30.

“It was one of those you just start laughing as the fifth one poured in,” said O’Toole. “The sixth one poured in I'm like, okay, I got it. I'm just going to keep going. There are so many opportunities out there today. To be honest, with six birdies in a row I was just taking them as they came. I felt like the putts weren't anything crazy. They were pretty simple. So, I just kept it rolling.”

Khang birdied five of her last seven holes to close with her first 18-hole lead or co-lead on the LPGA Tour. Her 64 ties her lowest first-round score last shot at the 2020 ShopRite LPGA Classic. Khang has had a good year so far with five top-10s but is still looking for her first victory.

“I think everyone knows that you have 18 holes less than a typical event, and it makes you want to get out there and shoot a good round just to get the jump,” said Khang. “Having a morning tee time, the greens are going to be a little fresher, and you got to take advantage of that. We're just trying to keep that mentality, stay slightly more aggressive I guess you would say, more than a standard round, but at the end of the day, keeping the same game plan as well.”

South Koreans Sei Young Kim and Jeongeun Lee5 also share the lead. Lee5's 64 marks her lowest round of the year. This is the first time in her eight years on Tour that she holds a share of the 18-hole lead.

“Pretty solid round today, especially last four hole I made a birdie,” said Kim. “I got the booster. I'm very happy with the strong finish today. This week we have three days so we need a lot of birdies. And then my strategy keep push myself and then I make a lot of birdie.”

Japan's Yuka Saso and American Lauren Coughlin complete the sixsome at the top. Coughlin eagled the 18th to shoot her career-low round on the LPGA Tour. She is currently 94th in the Race to the CME Globe and with six events left on the schedule, she needs two more low results to maintain her Tour status for next season.

“I was pretty anxious and nervous to start the week,” said Coughlin. “Had a really good talk with my husband Monday night. I kind of knew once I got into the week it was more the waiting game, and once the week gets going and I get into the golf, that's my happy place.”

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
T1Sei Young Kim-764
T1Jeongeun Lee5-764
T1Yuka Saso-764
T1Megan Khang-764
T1Ryann O'Toole-764
T1Lauren Coughlin-764
T7Vivian Hou-665
T7Lilia Vu-665
T9Charley Hull-566
T9Sophia Schubert-566
T9Muni He-566
T9Georgia Hall-566
T9A Lim Kim-566
T9Jenny Shin-566
T15Nuria Iturrioz-467
T15Kaitlyn Papp-467
T15Frida Kinhult-467
T15Eun-Hee Ji-467
T15Danielle Kang-467
T15Hye-Jin Choi-467
T15Jennifer Kupcho-467
T15Gaby Lopez-467
T15Andrea Lee-467
T15Jeongeun Lee6-467
T15Azahara Munoz-467
T15Ruixin Liu-467
T15Lydia Ko-467
T15Atthaya Thitikul-467
T15Mina Harigae-467
T15Isi Gabsa-467
T15Jasmine Suwannapura-467
T32Celine Herbin-368
T32Agathe Laisne-368
T32Lee-Anne Pace-368
T32Stephanie Kyriacou-368
T32Anna Nordqvist-368
T32Tiffany Chan-368
T32Pornanong Phatlum-368
T32Pauline Roussin-368
T32Charlotte Thomas-368
T32Allison Emrey-368
T32Narin An-368
T32Celine Boutier-368
T32Nelly Korda-368
T32Nasa Hataoka-368
T32Lizette Salas-368
T32Ayaka Furue-368
T32Angela Stanford-368
T32Cheyenne Knight-368
T50Chella Choi-269
T50Karis Anne Davidson-269
T50Ariya Jutanugarn-269
T50Jessica Korda-269
T50Alison Lee-269
T50Yu Liu-269
T50Annie Park-269
T50Mi Hyang Lee-269
T50Lindsey Weaver-Wright-269
T50Haru Nomura-269
T50Christina Kim-269
T50Peiyun Chien-269
T50Xiyu Janet Lin-269
T50Lexi Thompson-269
T50Jennifer Chang-269
T50Brittany Lang-269
T50Emma Talley-269
T50Stephanie Meadow-269
T68Ana Belac-170
T68Lauren Hartlage-170
T68Dana Finkelstein-170
T68Pajaree Anannarukarn-170
T68Ashleigh Buhai-170
T68Wei-Ling Hsu-170
T68Sung Hyun Park-170
T68Alena Sharp-170
T68Dewi Weber-170
T68Mo Martin-170
T68Rachel Rohanna-170
T68Casey Danielson-170
T68Kelly Tan-170
T68Ally Ewing-170
T68Moriya Jutanugarn-170
T68Paula Reto-170
T68Caroline Inglis-170
T68Haeji Kang-170
T68Caroline Masson-170
T68Jennifer Song-170
T68Lauren Stephenson-170
T89Lindy DuncanPar71
T89Brittany AltomarePar71
T89Jenny ColemanPar71
T89Haylee Rae HarfordPar71
T89Sarah KempPar71
T89Maude-Aimee LeblancPar71
T89Minjee LeePar71
T89Nanna Koerstz MadsenPar71
T89Hinako ShibunoPar71
T89Linnea JohanssonPar71
T89Angel YinPar71
T89Ruoning YinPar71
T89Na Yeon ChoiPar71
T89Allisen CorpuzPar71
T89Madelene SagstromPar71
T89Sarah SchmelzelPar71
T89Min LeePar71
T89Emily Kristine PedersenPar71
T107Giulia Molinaro+172
T107Daniela Darquea+172
T107Bronte Law+172
T107Matilda Castren+172
T107Maja Stark+172
T107Carlota Ciganda+172
T107Maria Fassi+172
T107Pernilla Lindberg+172
T107Brooke Matthews+172
T107Yealimi Noh+172
T107Amy Olson+172
T107Alana Uriell+172
T107Kenzie Wright+172
T107Amanda Doherty+172
T107Esther Henseleit+172
T107Sanna Nuutinen+172
T107Elizabeth Szokol+172
T124Robynn Ree+273
T124Paula Creamer+273
T124Kajal Mistry (a)+273
T124Ayako Uehara+273
T124Wichanee Meechai+273
T124Aditi Ashok+273
T124Jodi Ewart Shadoff+273
T124Morgane Metraux+273
T124Gerina Mendoza+273
T124Albane Valenzuela+273
T134Weiwei Zhang+374
T134Stacy Lewis+374
T134So Yeon Ryu+374
T134Su Oh+374
T134Gina Kim+374
T139Lilly Thomas (a)+475
T139Marina Alex+475
141Janie Jackson+576
T142Fatima Fernandez Cano+677
T142Cydney Clanton+677
144Yaeeun Hong+879
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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 2022

Date: September 23rd - 25th 2022

Location: Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Arkansas

Purse: $2,300,000

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