Pressel shares lead at Evian

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EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France -- Morgan Pressel shot a six-under 66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Evian Masters with Melissa Reid and Sun-Ju Ahn.

M.J. Hur and Song-Hee Kim are a shot back at five-under 67, while Michelle Wie leads a group at four-under 68.

Defending champion Ai Miyazato, the world No. 1, opened with a three-under 69 to headline a large group that also includes Suzann Pettersen.

This is the first LPGA Tour event since Paula Creamer won the U.S. Women's Open two weeks ago.

Creamer, still battling a sore thumb, shot a one-under 71 Thursday.

Pressel, a two-time LPGA winner, only missed one fairway Thursday at Evian Masters Golf Club. It came on the last hole when she said she "kind of got a weird bounce."

"I hit 15 greens. I felt like I was striking the ball well and gave myself a lot of chances," said Pressel, the 2007 Kraft Nabisco champion.

Three of those chances came on her first three holes and Pressel converted each of them for birdie. She then made back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh holes to turn in just 31 shots.

Playing part of the back nine in the rain, Pressel made two more birdies while also dropping her only shot of the round with a bogey at the 13th. She said the course played firmer than it did in practice.

"I thought the pins were in good spots. Not easy spots, but challenging spots," said Pressel. "I thought the golf course played well. I also shot 66, so I guess I'm a little biased."

Reid, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, played two groups after Pressel and joined her in the lead with a round that included eight birdies and two bogeys.

She said the key was staying out of trouble.

"Didn't hit it great on the range this morning, so I knew on the first tee I was really gonna have to focus there. It was going to be hard work," Reid said. "But it turned out I got my rhythm during the round and holed a few nice putts, which was good."

Ahn was the last player to post a 66 after she eagled the par-five 18th. Her round also included six birdies and two bogeys.

NOTES: Joining Wie in sixth place were Jeong Jang, Meena Lee, Yani Tseng, Mika Miyazato, Mi-Jeong Jeon and Na Yeon Choi...Among the players tied with Ai Miyazato and Pettersen was 15-year-old Alexis Thompson...Ai Miyazato's victory last year was her first on the LPGA Tour. She has captured four more this season.


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