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Kim starts strong, Shin finishes

Updated: September 17, 2009, 9:51 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- They'd all watched on TV as Tiger Woods claimed his epic win in the U.S. Open last year. Starting Thursday, 20 elite LPGA golfers got their turn to try to tame Torrey Pines.

Not only did they recognize the place, but they had an easier go of it in the opening round of the Samsung World Championship. There were favorable pin placements, the wind stayed down on the blufftop municipal course overlooking the Pacific Ocean and, of course, there was less yardage to play on the normally ...

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