Morgan Pressel Takes One-Stroke Lead at LPGA’s Mizuno Classic

Morgan Pressel has the lead after round 1 at the Mizuno Classic.
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SHIMA, Japan (AP) – Morgan Pressel shot a 67 Friday to lead the Mizuno Classic at 5 under after the first round.

Pressel, who hasn't won on the LPGA Tour since 2008, had five birdies at the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club to lead Britain's Laura Davies and Chella Choi of South Korea by one stroke.

Kotono Kozuma of Japan was a stroke further back at 3 under in a four-way tie with South Koreans Ilhee Lee and Mi Hyang Lee and Pornanong Phatlam of Thailand.

Stacy Lewis of the United States, who won here in 2012, shot a 70 and was in a group of eight players that included Karie Webb of Australia and Sakura Yokomine of Japan.

Lewis, ranked second in the Rolex rankings behind Inbee Park of South Korea, offset bogeys on Nos. 9 and 14 with four birdies.

Park is taking a week off before resuming play next week in Mexico at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Defending champion Teresa Lu of Taiwan struggled with her game and opened with a 73. Jiyai Shin of South Korea, who win here in 2010 and 2008, had a 71 for a share of 16th place.