Lopez opens 2022 with 67 for 1-shot lead

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Gaby Lopez of Mexico began a new year and her seventh LPGA Tour season with a simple, and potentially prophetic, Instagram post: "Surprise me, 2022," she wrote.

Lopez jumped out to the lead Thursday in the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, piecing together what she considered a near-perfect opening round to the new season. She made six birdies in a 5-under 67 at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club.

Lopez led by one shot over a foursome of players at 68 that included three major champions: world No. 1 Nelly Korda, who won her first major last year in the KPMG Women's PGA; Danielle Kang, the 2017 Women's PGA champion; and U.S. Open champion Yuka Saso, who bogeyed her final hole.

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Rank Player Earnings
1 Jin Young Ko $3,502,161
2 Nelly Korda $2,464,645
3 Nasa Hataoka $2,171,081
4 Minjee Lee $1,624,779
5 Lydia Ko $1,575,460
6 Yuka Saso $1,527,384
7 Patty Tavatanakit $1,407,631
8 Lexi Thompson $1,310,410
9 Anna Nordqvist $1,293,987
10 Ariya Jutanugarn $1,278,640
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