Evian Championship: Kim Hyo-Joo hits record-breaking 61 in major

Kim Hyo-Joo
Kim's round of 61 left her four shots clear of Australia's Karrie Webb
Evian Championship first round leaderboard
-10 Kim HJ (Kor); -6 K Webb (Aus); -5 Hur MJ (Kor); -4 S Pettersen (Nor), B Lincicome (US); -3 M Uribe (Col), K Icher (Fra), J Granada (Par), SJ Smith (Aus), DC Schreefel (Ned); Selected others: -1 L Davies (Eng); level C Hull (Eng), F Parker (Eng); +4 K Walker (Sco), C Matthew (Sco)

South Korea teenager Kim Hyo-Joo entered the record books with a nine-under-par round of 61 on day one of the Evian Championship in France.

The 19-year-old hit 10 birdies to record the lowest round in a major.

She is four shots ahead of Australia's Karrie Webb, with Kim's compatriot Hur Mi-Jung a shot further back.

US Open champion Michelle Wie retired after 13 holes of her comeback event because of the finger injury which has kept her out for the last month.

Kim's round eclipsed the 62s recorded by Finland's Minea Blomqvist at the 2004 Women's British Open, and Lorena Ochoa at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

No male player has ever scored lower than 63 in a major.

Kim's record-breaking round
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Starting with a birdie at the first hole, Kim went on to pick up strokes at the third, fourth, sixth and ninth to go out in 30, before coming home in 31 with birdies at 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18.

"I didn't come here with too high expectations," she said.

"I like hard courses, I just wanted to play well and I putted great."

Kim was tied for fourth in this event in 2012, before it became a major.

Webb, 39, who won the event (then known as the Evian Masters) in pre-major days in 2006, made eight birdies of her own.

"The difference today was my putting," she said. "I changed putter to one I used about 12 years ago and suddenly started holing a few."

Defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway is a little further behind in fourth place on four under, while English veteran Dame Laura Davies is the highest-placed Briton on one under.

Meanwhile, Wie hopes the final major of the season will not be her final appearance of 2014.

"I should have stopped earlier but I was having so much fun out there," she said.

"I wanted to keep playing. But it got to the point where it was too painful."

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