Choi 1 stroke back in return at Founders

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PHOENIX (AP) Na Yeon Choi feared the worst Thursday in her return from a back injury. She ended up high on the Founders Cup leaderboard.

Choi shot a 7-under 65 at Desert Ridge in her first tournament round in 11 months, leaving her a stroke behind first-round leader Celine Boutier in the event that honors the 13 women who founded the LPGA Tour.

"Golf is really funny game. I didn't expect any good score today because this is first day," said Choi, the 2012 U.S. Women's Open champion and nine-time tour winner. "I practice hard, of course, but it's hard to tell how I'm going to shoot. Less expectation, I think, always give you better result."

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Money Leaders: LPGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Nelly Korda $380,493
2 Minjee Lee $314,169
3 Eun-Hee Ji $292,049
4 Amy Yang $268,271
5 Sung Hyun Park $242,862
6 Jin Young Ko $225,159
7 Celine Boutier $199,670
8 Azahara Munoz $176,713
9 Mirim Lee $171,777
10 Carlota Ciganda $140,308
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