Thidapa Suwannapura laughs as she talks with her caddie before teeing off on the first hole during the first round of the LPGA Marathon Classic golf tournament, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. (Kurt Steiss/The Blade via AP)

Suwannapura leads after first round at LPGA Marathon Classic

July 12, 2018 - 9:22 pm
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SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Thidapa Suwannapura shot a 6-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead at the Marathon Classic on Thursday.

Suwannapura, who has three top-10 finishes in 120 career LPGA Tour events, birdied five of the final six holes, including the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows. The Thai player had her last top-10 finish in 2014 at the Kingsmill Invitational. Her best performance this season was a tie for 18th three weeks ago in Arkansas.

Seven players, including defending champion I.K. Kim and former No. 1 Yani Tseng, were a stroke behind at 66.

Sei Young Kim, who shot an LPGA Tour-record 31-under 257 to win last week's event in Wisconsin, was four shots back.

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