Evian Championship: Mika Miyazato leads after completion of delayed first round
Last Updated: 14/09/13 6:51pm
Mika Miyazato: Leader after the completion of the first round in France
Japan's Mika Miyazato claimed a one-shot lead after the delayed first round of the Evian Championship, the inaugural fifth major of the season on the LPGA Tour.
The first day's play was washed out by torrential rain on Thursday, with only 15 players making it out onto the course before subsequently having their scores wiped out.
Conditions were far better on Friday and Miyazato took advantage with a round containing seven birdies and just one bogey to finish ahead of five-time major winner Se Ri Pak, Germany's Sandra Gal and Norway's Suzann Pettersen.
Solheim Cup star Pettersen looked set to share the lead when she picked up four birdies on the back nine to reach six under, but missed from two feet for par on the 18th.
First round leaderboard
-6 M Miyazato (Jpn)
-5 S Gal (Ger)
-5 S Pettersen (Nor)
-5 S Pak (Kor)
-4 C Kim (US)
Gal, who was overlooked for a wild card for Europe's victory in Colorado by captain Liselotte Neumann, said: "I'm very excited, I've been playing well the last couple of months and it's nice to do that in a major.
"I putted quite nicely but to be honest I didn't have too many crazy long putts, I think I hit it fairly close to the pin and that's the key to this course, that you can hit it on the right tier.
"It can be challenging but I think it's incredible what they did to this course in just nine months, I think it's a miracle that we're playing. Sure, the course needs a a bit of maturing for next year, but we are very excited to be playing."
New Zealand's teenager amateur Lydia Ko, who could become the youngest-ever winner of a major this week, posted a three-under-par 68 that was matched by American Michelle Wie and Australia's Karrie Webb.
However, South Korean Inbee Park's bid to become the first player in history to win four major titles in one year got off to a poor start as she struggled to a three-over-par 74.