Miyazato, Lee share lead

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Mika Miyazato and Jee Young Lee both posted rounds of five-under 66 on Friday to share the first-round lead of the inaugural Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event.

Hee-Won Han is alone in third place at four-under 67 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Michelle Wie headlined a group tied for fourth with Alena Sharp, Maria Hjorth and Shi Hyun Ahn. The quartet came in at three-under 68.

This week features an elite field, which includes the top-five players in the world rankings, all with possible claims to the throne with a victory on Sunday.

Ai Miyazato (no relation to the co-leader) is No. 1, but struggled badly to a five-over 76 on Friday.

World No. 2 Cristie Kerr also had a rough round on Friday. She managed a one- over 72 and the fourth-ranked player, Yani Tseng was even worse. Tseng shot a four-over 75 and shares 47th place.

Jiyai Shin and Suzann Pettersen, ranked Nos. 2 and 5, respectively, both carded rounds of two-under 69 and are tied for eighth place.

There was a three-hour weather delay on Friday, but the entire field, albeit a short one, completed the round before darkness hit.

"It was so boring," Mika Miyazato said of the stoppage.

She began on the 10th tee Friday and parred her first seven holes. Mika Miyazato recorded her first birdie of the round at the par-three 17th to make the turn at one-under par.

She birdied two of her first three holes on her second nine, then parred the next four. After a birdie at the eighth to get to four-under par, the horn sounded stopping play.

When the golfers returned, Mika Miyazato drained a long birdie effort at the ninth to get in with a 66.

"I hit very good today," she said. "Tomorrow, more focus and one shot at a time."

Lee also started on the back nine Friday and mixed four birdies with a bogey. Her second nine was similar with three birdies and a bogey, but she did enough to earn a piece of the first-round lead.

"I hit it really good today, and there's a lot of sand on putting green," said Lee. "So I can control spin control."

Shin and Pettersen were joined in eighth place by Candie Kung, Song-Hee Kim, Amanda Blumenherst and Meena Lee.

NOTES: Last week's winner of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, Beatriz Recari, shot an even-par 71...This is a 54-hole tournament with no cut...This is the first LPGA Tour event staged in Malaysia.


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