Women’s PGA Championship: Australian Hannah Green leads by one stroke after wet opening day

Hannah Green holds a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Women’s PGA Championship, as only 16 of the 154 players went under par on a wet day in Minnesota, USA.

Australian Green, 22, hit four birdies in a four-under 68 to earn her first career lead at a major tournament.

England’s Melissa Reid and Kim Hyo-joo of South Korea are one stroke behind.

World number one Ko Jin-young was among those to struggle, finishing the day tied for 102nd at five over par.

The South Korean carded five bogeys in her round of 77, while five-time LPGA Tour winner Michelle Wie – on her return after two months out with a wrist injury – was left in tears after a 12-over-par 84.

“I was foolish to think I would shoot really well,” said the 29-year-old American.

“It’s just one of those situations where I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me – so, even on the bad days, I’m just trying to take time to enjoy it. But it’s tough.”

Two-time major winner Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and South Korean defending champion Park Sung-hyun were among six who carded two-under-par rounds of 70, while American Lexi Thompson, who won the ShopRite LPGA Classic earlier in June, is tied for 17th on level par.

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