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Trio share Marathon Classic lead

SYLVANIA, Ohio — Hyo Joo Kim bogeyed her final hole for a 5-under 66 and a share of the Marathon Classic lead with fellow South Korean player Mirim Lee and Japan's Haru Nomura on Thursday.

Celebrating her 21st birthday, Kim had four birdies in a six-hole stretch on her second nine at rain-softened Highland Meadows. She won the season-opening event in the Bahamas for her third career title.

"Last night, it was raining, so it's little bit more softer green," Kim said through a translator. "I hit good shots, a lot of good shots, good drives, good putts, but on the last hole I missed a putt. ... "Best part of game was tee shot, which is driver shot and iron shot. I'm not complaining about any shot today."

Nomura won the Women's Australian Open in February for her first LPGA Tour title and took the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in April in California.

Ariya Jutanugarn, the long-hitting Thai player who won three straight events in May, was a stroke back at 67 along with American Kelly Shon and France's Celine Herbin.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko birdied her final two holes to join second-ranked Brooke Henderson in the group at 68.

"Hopefully, I'll have a few more birdies tomorrow," Ko said. "It's a solid start. I'll take the 3 under today, but I think because of the weather and if there are no thunderstorms the course will probably play drier. That will make it tougher if the greens get much firmer."

Brittany Lang, coming off a playoff victory over Anna Nordqvist on Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open, had a 70. Nordqvist also shot a 70.

PGA: At Opelika, Ala., Angel Cabrera and Jhonattan Vegas dominated the par-5 holes in steamy conditions to share the lead at the Barbasol Championship.

The 46-year-old Cabrera, from Argentina, eagled the par-5 13th on Grand National's Lake Course, holing a 60-footer from the fringe, and birdied the two other par 5s in a bogey-free 6-under 65.

Cabrera, 2007 U.S. Open champion and 2009 Masters winner, is one of two major champions in the field at the PGA Tour event played opposite the British Open.

Vegas, from Venezuela, also eagled the 13th — making a 20-footer — and birdied the other par 5s in a bogey-free round. He won the 2011 Bob Hope Classic for his lone tour title.

Former Auburn player Blayne Barber was a stroke back at 66 along with Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Shawn Stefani, Matt Bettencourt, Michael Kim and Lucas Lee.

WEB.COM: At Springfield, Ill., former Ashland standout Jason Allred carded a 1-under-par 70 and is tied for 96th overall after the first round of the Lincoln Land Charity Championship at Panther Creek Country Club.

Allred posted four birdies and three bogeys in his round and is six shots off the pace set by a host of leaders atop the scoreboard. Curtis Thompson, Jason Millard, Scott Harrington, Ben Silverman and Kent Bulle each shot a 7-under 64 to take the Day 1 lead.

Hyo Joo Kim putts on her final hole of the first round of the Marathon Classic LPGA golf tournament Thursday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS