Mie, Japan (Sports Network) - Jiyai Shin and Ayako Uehara both shot 4-under 68 on Friday to grab a share the lead after the opening round of the Mizuno Classic.
Shin, who claimed her second Women's British Open title earlier this year, is a 10-time winner on the LPGA Tour. Uehara, a Japan LPGA player, is playing this tournament for the seventh straight year.
Defending champions Momoko Ueda carded a 3-under 69 and was joined in third place by reigning major champions Na Yeon Choi (U.S. Women's Open) and Shanshan Feng (LPGA Championship) as well as HSBC Women's Champions winner Angela Stanford, Beatriz Recari and Maiko Wakabayashi.
Women's world No. 1 Yani Tseng and Inbee Park, who has seven top-3 finishes in her last eight starts, headline a group at minus-2 at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club.
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