Ha Na Jang of South Korea reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 18th green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the first round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Eric Risberg
April 23, 2015

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Lydia Ko settled for a tap-in birdie on the par-5 14th after her eagle chip deflected off the pin and the defending champion shot a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead Thursday in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

The top-ranked Ko holds a one-stroke lead over three others, including 54-year-old Juli Inkster. Stacy Lewis, last year's runner-up to Ko at Lake Merced Golf Club, was two strokes back at 3 under.

Ko will celebrate her 18th birthday on the course Friday. Paired with Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson, Ko pulled on a jacket midway through the round in the afternoon chill and finished strong.

Ko had birdies on consecutive holes three times - Nos. 5-6, 8-9 and 13-14 - with just one bogey while playing after a two-week break from competition.

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)