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Stupples shares 1st-round lead at Evian Masters
Karen Stupples shares 1st-round lead with Maria Hjorth, Ahn Shin-ae at Evian Masters
By The Associated Press

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) ' Former British Open champion Karen Stupples of England shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead with Sweden's Maria Hjorth and South Korea's Ahn Shin-ae at the Evian Masters on Thursday.

Stupples, who won her only major in 2004, recovered well from a double bogey on the ninth hole to make six birdies on the back nine.

Defending champion Jiyai Shin of South Korea made a solid start with a 3-under 69, including three birdies in the first four holes, before bogeys on No. 6 and 8 slowed her down.

The 23-year-old Shin is still looking for her first title of the year. She's one shot behind 2009 champion Ai Miyazato of Japan, who was among six players finishing with a 4-under 68.

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