Japan’s Iijima shares lead at Mizuno Classic



SHIMA, Japan (AP) — Japan’s Akane Iijima made five birdies on the back nine in a 6-under 66 Friday that gave her a share of the Mizuno Classic first-round lead with South Korea’s Ah Reum-hwang and Taiwan’s Teresa Lu.

Japan’s Momoko Ueda was one stroke back in fourth, followed by a group of seven, including Catriona Matthew of Britain and Stacey Lewis of the United States, in joint fifth at 4-under.

Defending champion Jiyai Shin of South Korea was at 3-under.