Evian-les-Bains, France (Sports Network) - Mika Miyazato birdied her final
hole on Friday to close out a 6-under 65 and grab the lead after the first
round of the Evian Championship.
The tournament was scheduled to get underway on Thursday, but the start of the
season's fifth and final major was delayed until Friday due to unplayable
course conditions brought on by persistent rain.
Suzann Pettersen held the outright lead prior to Miyazato's closing birdie,
but stumbled to a bogey at her final hole to finish along Sandra Gal and Se Ri
Pak in a tie for second place at 5-under 66.
Christina Kim owns sole possession of fifth at 4-under 67, while amateur
standout Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Karrie Webb and Lindsey Wright share sixth at
Women's British Open winner Stacy Lewis is among a large group of players tied
for 10th at 2-under 69.
Defending champion Inbee Park, who won the first three majors of the season
and is seeking to become the first player -- male or female -- to win four
professional major championships in a single season, tripped to a 3-over 74
during her opening round to sit in a tie for 73rd place.
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