Mika Miyazato, of Japan, reacts to a missed birdie putt on the ninth hole during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship golf tournament at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Thursday, May 19, 2016. Miyazato finished at 6-under-65 for a one
Steve Helber
May 19, 2016

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) Mika Miyazato had five birdies in a six-hole stretch and finished with a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Kingsmill Championship.

In tricky conditions on the rain-soaked River Course, the 26-year-old Japanese player closed her opening nine with the birdie run, dropped a stroke on the par-5 third and rebounded with birdies on the par-4 sixth and eighth holes. She won the 2012 Safeway Classic in Oregon for her lone tour title.

The greens where a lot faster than expected, though they were receptive and the players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways.

Defending champion Minjee Lee and Brittany Lincicome were a stroke back.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko closed with a birdie for a 73.

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