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Hannah Green Makes Magical Start at LA Open

Hannah Green plays her tee shot on the 16th tee during round one of the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open.
Western Australians Hannah Green and Minjee Lee have each made brilliant starts to the LPGA Tour's HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open in Los Angeles.

Green grabbed a share of the opening round lead with American Stacy Lewis following a bogey-free 6-under 65 at Wilshire Country Club while Lee was also without a bogey and sits alone in third after a first round 66.

Green - who is chasing a maiden win on the LPGA Tour - caught fire through the middle of her round, carding six birdies in a nine-hole stretch beginning at the par-four sixth.

"I holed a six-footer on the first hole for par and I really think that just set the tone for the rest of the round," Green told LPGA.com after her morning round.

"Really happy to be bogey-free, it's probably the first time in a long time that I've had bogey-free so hopefully I can keep that up."

"I think the early tee time helps; I was second group out today so I had fresh greens, not really any wind to worry about so I think that definitely helped but I just felt like my game has been trending for these low rounds so it's nice to pull it off.

"I must admit, I holed a lot of putts and I kind of sneaked a couple in that maybe shouldn't have but you've got to take them while you can. It's not easy, especially with the poa in the afternoon, it might get a little bumpy.

"It was just nice to have some confidence and feel like the hole is, you know, a foot wide instead of three inches."

World No. 4 Lee's five birdies were spread evenly throughout her round, at the first, fifth, ninth, 13th and 18th.

It presents yet another chance at victory for Lee who has recorded a trio of top-3 finishes this year including a T3rd result at last week's Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith is also in the hunt in LA, opening with a 68 to be one of eight players at 3 under.

Katherine Kirk was the next best Australian, firing an even par 71 while Su Oh opened with a round of 73.

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