March 20, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) Stacy Lewis had seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch and finished with an 8-under 64 on Friday morning to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's JTBC Founders Cup.

The 2013 winner at Desert Ridge, Lewis was 2 under through six holes Thursday when play was suspended because of darkness. After opening with a bogey on No. 7, she birdied Nos. 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16.

The start Thursday was delayed four hours because of rain and wet conditions.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko, Tiffany Joh, Sophia Popov, Kim Kaufman and Karine Icher were two strokes back at 66. Icher played her final 11 holes Friday.

Defending champion Karrie Webb, playing alongside Lewis, had a 67.

Michelle Wie opened with a 73 on Thursday.

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