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EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France -- South Korean teen Hyo-Joo Kim made history look easy, with barely a glitch as she posted the lowest score ever in a major with a 10-under 61 to open the Evian Championship on Thursday. To boot, the first round of her major debut achieved perfect symmetry, with five birdies each on the front and back nine. "I made a chance (for) a birdie on every (hole)," she said. "I missed some (but) it didnt matter." If she didnt sound fussed about the 61, its because she did it last year on Japans JLPGA circuit. "My goal is to have a good experience here. Thats all," said the 19-year-old Kim, who was in the first year of a physical education course at Seoul University. Her good experience exceeded the previous best score in a major of 62, by Minea Blomqvist of Finland in the third round of the 2004 British Open -- also when she was 19 -- and Lorena Ochoa in the first round of the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship. In a mens major, 63 is the lowest, and it has been achieved multiple times. "I like a hard course," Kim said. "I felt very comfortable today." Blomqvist and Ochoa might still be holding their record if not for Kims remarkable escape on the third hole, when she went into the bunker off the tee and still got a birdie. "She had a few up and downs and a chip-in on the third, par four ... after she shot a little bit left," her caddie Gordon Rowan said. "She had a very difficult chip." "Shes not a massive hitter but has a very decent length, and keeps up with the girls. Shes so straight and this is a course where you need to hit fairways because the rough is very thick. Her accuracy into the greens means that shes never far away. She also has a very good temperament, and even on days when shes fighting and putts dont fall, she keeps going." Kim is ranked 20th in the world, and leads the Korean LPGA money list with three wins. She takes a four-shot lead over veteran Karrie Webb into the second round of the last major of the year. Korean Mi-Jung Hur was five behind Kim in third after a round of 66, while defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Brittany Lincicome of the U.S. were six behind. Inbee Park, bidding for back-to-back majors after defending her title at the LPGA Championship, was tied for 12th at 2 under. Meanwhile, Michelle Wies bid for a second major ended early as she retired after just 13 holes, clearly still feeling the effects of a recent finger injury. Wie had two double bogeys and was 5 over when she pulled out. The U.S. Womens Open champion was returning after five weeks out and missing four tournaments following a stress reaction in her right index finger. She wore blue strapping around her hand. "I had hoped it was a week later but I just really wanted to come to France. I really love this tournament," she said. "The doctors told me Its all up to you. But they did tell me if it did hurt to stop right away because it could get worse. "I should have stopped earlier but I was having so much fun out there." Wie believed she should be able to play next month, in Asia. The 39-year-old Webb had eight birdies but was undone by two bogeys. The last of Webbs seven majors was at the Kraft Nabisco in 2006, the year she won at Evian. "Probably the best I putted for a long time. Switched to an old putter I used about 12 years ago," the Australian said. "I changed swing coaches in the middle of the season, so Ive actually probably put more work in through the summer than I normally would. The changes are starting to click." Jack Johnson Blue Jackets Jersey . After falling 5-0 on home ice in a game that could have tied them for second in the wild card standings, Washington head coach Adam Oates had some strong words for Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. Joonas Korpisalo Blue Jackets Jersey Authentic . 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Curtis McElhinney Blue Jackets Jersey . -- Rory McIlroy birdied his last two holes Thursday for a 7-under 63 to take the lead after one round of the Honda Classic.CLEVELAND -- On his way out to the field for pregame batting practice, Jason Kipnis hung a hard right in the Indians clubhouse to give Jason Giambi a big hug. "Great to see you," Kipnis told Clevelands respected designated hitter. "You, too, little brother," Giambi said. Big G is back with the Indians. Almost. Sidelined since spring training by a fractured rib, Giambi has been cleared to play and is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Monday, when the Indians open a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals. The 43-year-old recently played in several games in a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Akron, a stop that helped his swing and also brought back memories of his path to the big leagues. "Sometimes you forget the grind," Giambi said. "Its been 20 years since I was a minor leaguer." While he was with the Aeros, Giambi and teammate Michael Bourn, who was with him to rehab a strained hamstring, treated the minor leaguers to several meals and found themselves serving up advice to some of the youngsters in Clevelands system. It comes naturally to Giambi, who is still playing but may one day try his hand at managing. He was a finalist for Colorados opening before signing with the Indians before last season. "Id like to, but the universe will determine that, not me," Giambi said with a laugh at his locker. "I love the nuances of the game and being a part of that. Ive played for some of the greatest managers in the game, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre and Tito (Terry Francona) and Jim Tracy." Giammbi said hes ready to play, but the Indians will wait until after the weekend.dddddddddddd Giambi took batting practice before Fridays series opener against Toronto and looked to be himself while launching several home runs into the right-field seats. The Indians have opened 7-8 without Giambi, and Francona said his presence has been missed inside the clubhouse, dugout and on the field. "Guys know hes there," Francona said. "Shoot, I know hes there. Because G is never going to back down from anybody and that doesnt mean you have to fight or anything. But its a nice teammates to have around. He can be a settling influence. He can kick somebody in the pants. Hes a great guy to have around. "Believe me, I wouldnt say all these things if they werent true. This is how I feel." Giambi injured his rib during spring training and was placed on the DL on March 30. While he batted just .183 last season, he hit nine homers and drove in 31 runs in 186 at-bats. Giambi also provided perhaps the seasons signature moment, when he belted a pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning to beat Chicago on Sept. 24. The homer helped propel the Indians to their first playoff appearance since 2007. 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