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Ex champs Webb, Jiyai hold British clubhouse lead

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HOYLAKE, England (AP) -Seven-time major winner Karrie Webb of Australia was among five players sharing the clubhouse lead at 1-under-par 71 in the first round of the Women's British Open on Thursday.

Webb won the British at Turnberry in 2002. Another former champion, 2008 winner Jiyai Shin of South Korea, posted the first sub-par round at Royal Liverpool, followed minutes later by 16-year-old England amateur Charley Hull, Japan's Ai Miyazato and Welsh pro Lydia Hall.

Taiwan's Yani Tseng, bidding for her third successive British Open, was a stroke behind on level par with less than a third of the field back in the clubhouse, along with 15-year-old New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko, Sweden's Carin Koch, Japan's Yuki Ichinose and Koreans Inbee Park and Chella Choi.

Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis were the leading Americans on 1-over 73, beside English amateur Alex Peters and Korean Amy Yang.

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