Kelly Tan and Brittany Lincicome battled windy conditions to share the opening round lead at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Pennsylvania on three-under par, while Ireland's Leona Maguire carded an opening round of 73.
Tan and Lincicome each shot three-under 67 to close out Thursday one shot in front of a six-strong chasing pack in the tournament, the third of this year’s four women’s majors, reduced from five due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting on the back nine, Malaysia’s Tan made a near-perfect start, making birdies on three of the first four holes and adding another on the 18th.
She then stumbled after the turn with bogeys on holes one and four but regained her composure to claim another birdie on the seventh to keep pace with American Lincicome, whose only blemish was a bogey on the fifth.
Maguire also got her tournament under way on the back nine, carding three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the par-four tenth to sit in a share of 55th place.
It was a tough opening round for Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow, who recorded just a solitary birdie as she laboured to an eight-over 78.