Brittany Lang leads Mizuno Classic


SHIMA, Japan (AP)—American Brittany Lang shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take aone-stroke lead over Japan’s Nobuko Kizawa and South Korea’s Hee Young Parkafter the first round of the Mizuno Classic.

Lang, the long-hitting former Duke star who is winless in four seasons onthe LPGA Tour, reached 7 under at Kintetsu Kashikojima with an eagle on thepar-5 seventh, but bogeyed the eighth and finished the round with a par.

Vicky Hurst, 2007 winner Momoko Ueda, Bo Bae Song and Mi-Jeong Jeon openedwith 68s, and defending champion Jiyai Shin and Japanese star Ai Miyazato toppeda group at 69. Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa had a 71 in the event co-sanctioned bythe Japan LPGA.