Green tied for lead with Suzuki at LGPA's Japan Classic

Hannah Green of Australia watches her tee shot on the first hole during the first round of the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA at the Miramar Golf Country...

Hannah Green of Australia watches her tee shot on the first hole during the first round of the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA at the Miramar Golf Country...

SHIGA, Japan (AP) — Australian Hannah Green shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to finish the first round of the LPGA Japan Classic tied for the lead with local favorite Ai Suzuki.

Green carded five birdies at the par-72 Seta Golf Course to finish one stroke ahead of six golfers including Lydia Ko and Jennifer Kupcho.

Ko had an erratic round that featured seven birdies, a double bogey and a bogey in the final event of the LPGA Tour's Asia Swing.

Defending champion Nasa Hataoka shot a 71 and was tied for 35th place. Lexi Thompson, making her first start since the Indy Women in Tech Championship in September, struggled with her game and shot a 74.

Two-time Japan Classic winner Shanshan Feng was three strokes back after a 70.

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