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Ashleigh Buhai of South Africa shot a seven-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Women’s British Open on Thursday.

Buhai finished just ahead of Japan’s Hinako Shibuno and American Danielle Kang, who each had a bogey in rounds of 66.

“In my last few tournaments, I’ve had three good rounds and one not so good round, so I’m hoping this is the week I can do four good rounds,” said Buhai, whose best finish this year is a tie for 11th. “The last few weeks, I have been just trying to stay mellow and keep everything in check, and it seems to be helping.”

Top-ranked Ko Jin-young, seeking her third major title of the year after winning last week’s Evian Championship in France, was well positioned after a 68.

“I’m not tired yet,” Ko said. “I will do my best for this week and then I had just great playing today, so I’m just happy.”

Buhai, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, made her only bogey on the par-five 11th but responded with three straight birdies on Nos. 14-16. Her best previous British Open finish was a tie for 30th in 2017.

“I had a bit of a wobble in the middle of my round, and to finish with three birdies and come in strong – I had a goal when I saw the lead was six to get to seven, so I holed like a 30-footer on the 16th hole and that got me to seven,” she said.

Playing on her home Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club, Charley Hull delighted fans with a bogey-free 67. Hull, who suffered from food poisoning at last week’s Evian Championship, showed no lingering ill effects.

“Sometimes, it’s harder when it’s your home golf course because you know where not to hit it as well as where to hit it,” Hull said. “Like today, for instance, the 13th hole, it’s the first time I’ve hit that fairway for about three years, so I was quite happy about it.”

Kang, who won the Women’s PGA Championship two years ago for her only major, missed the cut last week at the Evian Championship, allowing her to arrive early for the second of back-to-back majors.

“There might have been a little bit of a blessing in disguise that I missed the cut last week because I came here on Saturday, actually, and I got a lot of rest. I played a few rounds,” Kang said. “I like being prepared in a proper way and competing in a proper way.”

Joining Hull at five under were second-ranked Sung Hyun Park Sung-hyun, Moriya Jutanugarn and Megan Khang.

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., opened at three under 69, while Hamilton’s Alena Sharp shot an opening round of two-over 74.

U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 and Ariya Jutanugarn shot 68 along with Ko. Defending-champion Georgia Hall opened with a 69.

Canadian one shot back after first round of Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. — An Byeong-hun and Im Sung-jae each shot eight-under 62 on Thursday to share the lead after one round at the Wyndham Championship. Mackenzie Hughes of Canada, Rory Sabbatini, Rory Sabbatini and Johnson Wagner were a stroke back behind the South Korean leaders in the final PGA Tour event before the FedEx Cup playoffs. Former Wyndham winners Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson joined Jordan Spieth among the nine players at 64. Both co-leaders shot the best rounds of their PGA Tour careers. An, a 27-year-old South Korean seeking his first career victory on tour, closed with birdies on four of his final six holes and a sand save on the par-four 18th.

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