GOOD START

First-round 68 gives her tie for lead in Women’s Bri­tish

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Tani Tseng fires a 4-un­der 68 to tie for the lead in the Women’s Bri­tish Open

SOUTH­PORT, Eng­land — Yani Tseng shot a 4-un­der­par 68 in the open­ing round of the Women’s Bri­tish Open at Royal Birk­dale on Thurs­day, and is tied for the lead as she pur­sues her third ma­jor cham­pi­onship.

The ris­ing star from Tai­wan shot a bo­gey-free round that in­cluded a birdie and an ea­gle on the two fin­ish­ing holes, putting her in a tie for the lead with Kather­ine Hull of Aus­tralia.

“I played re­ally, re­ally solid. I hit all greens but one and I putted pretty well,” said Tseng, who has won the Kraft Nabisco Cham­pi­onship this sea­son to go with the LPGA Cham­pi­onship she won in 2008.

Hull was among the last play­ers on the course and also made an ea­gle on the 18th hole to join Tseng at 4 un­der. Hull dropped a stroke at the fourth hole be­fore rat­tling off three birdies in a four-hole stretch be­gin­ning at No. 7.

Brit­tany Lin­ci­come is the top Amer­i­can and part of a four-way group at 69.

Other U.S. no­ta­bles: Michelle Wie, 70; Julie Inkster, 71; LPGA cham­pion Christie Kerr, 73 and U.S. Open champ Paula Creamer, 74.

Tim Hales

Aus­tralia’s Kather­ine Hull cel­e­brates with cad­die Vern Tess af­ter mak­ing an ea­gle at the 18th hole, giv­ing her a share of the first-round lead.

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