Laura Diaz tees off on the seventh hole during the the first round of the Marathon Classic LPGA golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Rick Osentoski
July 17, 2014

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Laura Diaz, winless in the past 12 years on the LPGA Tour, shot a 9-under 62 for a four-stroke lead after Thursday's opening round of the Marathon Classic.

It was a stunning score for Diaz, who has cut back on competitive golf to raise her two children. She hasn't finished inside the top 25 in a tour event since 2010 after winning twice in 2002 and playing in four Solheim Cups.

She had nine birdies without a bogey, opening her round at No. 10 with birdies on her first five holes - missing a 7-footer for birdie on the 15th that would have matched a career best.

Sharing second were second-year pro Austin Ernst and Lee-Ann Pace, a South African star on the Ladies European Tour.

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