Miyazato grabs early lead at Evian Championship

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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 3-under.

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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