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Lee has 65 for lead; Lincicome two back

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Meena Lee overcame wet conditions to shoot a 7-under 65 on Thursday for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Women's British Open. The South Korean had seven birdies and no bogeys playing mainly in an afternoon downpour. "I like links golf. It's very different to what we play on the LPGA Tour and I really enjoyed it today, despite the weather," Lee said. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, who started her round in good conditions early in the morning, set the early pace with a 67. Among a group at 68 were Angela Stanford, South Korea's Amy Yang, Germany's Caroline Masson and Sweden's Sofie Gustafson.
Lincicome made her charge starting at the 12th, where she made a 15-foot birdie putt. She hit a 7-iron to 7 feet at the 13th and holed the putt. Lincicome hit a huge drive on the 14th — "must have been 300 yards,' she said — and then a 6-iron to 10 feet and holed that for an eagle. She also birdied the long 17th. "I played really well," she said. "I didn't take advantage of some chances on the front nine but then really got going from the 12th." Paula Creamer had two eagles and finished with a 69, along with Swedish rookie Caroline Hedwall and six other players. Morgan Pressel and three-time winner Karrie Webb shot 70s, one better than defending champion Yani Tseng of Taiwan. Cristie Kerr had a 72, while Michelle Wie had a lackluster 74. PGA: Trevor Immelman shot a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Gary Woodland, Billy Mayfair, Derek Lamely, Webb Simpson and Steven Bowditch each shot 65, while four others had a 66. Phil Mickelson, who can take over the FedEx Cup points lead with a win, shot an even round that included five birdies and five bogeys. Stuart Appleby, whose 59 in last year's final round won the tournament, had a 71. U.S. SENIOR OPEN: Olin Browne had two eagles down the stretch and finished with a 7-under 64 for a two-stroke lead after the opening round in Toledo, Ohio. Browne, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, had four birdies, two eagles and a bogey. Playing late on an oppressively humid day at lengthy Inverness Club, Browne was two strokes clear of Mark O'Meara and Michael Allen, who each shot bogey-free 66s. Amateur Damon Green, better known as Zach Johnson's caddie, was at 67 with former U.S. Open champion Steve Jones and Mark Wiebe. PGA EUROPEAN: Jeev Milkha Singh of India upstaged Ireland's major winners, shooting an 8-under 63 for a two-shot lead in the first round of the Irish Open. British Open winner Darren Clarke shot 69 and U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy finished with a 70. Irishmen Graeme McDowell had a 72, and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington finished at 73. WOODS RETURNING: Tiger Woods returns to golf next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, ending an 11-week break to heal injuries to his left leg. Woods announced the decision on his website on Thursday.
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