Champ Lydia Ko takes first-round lead in Swinging Skirts

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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