SHIMA, Japan – Morgan Pressel shot a 5-under 67 Friday to lead the Mizuno Classic by one stroke after the first round.
Pressel, who hasn't won on the LPGA since 2008, had five birdies at the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club.
''It was tough out there with the winds. Especially early, some of those holes played really tough,'' Pressel said. ''I didn't get myself in a lot of trouble and when I did I made a good putt for par. I definitely putted well today and I think that's why I ended up at 5 under.''
Laura Davies and Chella Choi were in second spot at 4 under.
Kotono Kozuma was a stroke further back after a 69 and in a four-way tie with Ilhee Lee, Mi Hyang Lee and Pornanong Phatlam.
Stacy Lewis, who won here in 2012, shot a 70 and was in a group of eight players that included Karrie Webb and Sakura Yokomine.
Lewis, second in the Rolex rankings behind Inbee Park, offset bogeys on Nos. 9 and 14 with four birdies.
Park is taking a week off before resuming play next week in Mexico at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Defending champion Teresa Lu struggled with her game and opened with a 73. Jiyai Shin, who won here in 2010 and 2008, had a 71.