Granada claims first round lead

Julieta Granada carded a six-under 66 to claim a two-shot lead of the LPGA Tour Championship after Thursday’s first round.

The Paraguayan hasn’t won on the LPGA Tour since 2006 when she was victorious at the ADT Championship, but posted her lowest opening round of the year at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

“It was a fun day today,” said Granada, whose most impressive finish season was a tie for fifth at the British Open.

“I hit a lot of greens and I had plenty of birdie chances. My stroke was on and I was making lots of putts, so that’s fun.”

In second place on four-under-par after notching a 68 is Sandra Gal, while world number two Stacy Lewis (69) is tied for third alongside Belen Mozo and Caroline Hedwall.

In a tie for sixth after rounds of 70 are Ryu So-Yeon, Marina Alex, Carlota Ciganda, Sarah Jane Smith, Angela Stanford, Haeji Kang and Park Hee-Young.

World number one Park In-Bee from South Korea is tied for 13th on one-under along with eight others, which includes 17-year-old teen prodigy from New Zealand, Lydia Ko.

Granada started her round relatively slowly, before birdies at 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18 saw her move up the leaderboard.

“I actually love playing in the wind,” the 28-year-old Granada added.

“I do really well at the British Open so I love to control my ball flight in the wind. I take pride in that so every time it’s windy I’m looking forward to it.”

Defending champion Feng Shan-shan is tied for 36th following her opening round of 74.