. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Six Share Top Spot At British

WOBURN, England -- Emilee Klein followed up her triumph at Boston last week with a five-under-par 68 to share the lead after the opening round of the British Women's Open.


Klein, who again started impressively with four birdies in Thursday's outward 31, shares the lead with two countrywomen, a U.S.-based Peruvian and two British players.


Tracy Hanson and Julie Piers also shot 68s and so did Jenny Lidback of Peru, England's Alison Nicholas and Scotland's Dale Reid with seven other players only one stroke behind.


"I won last week, but I've been in positions to win four or five times this season," said Klein, 22, who triumphed in the Ping Welch's Championship.


"I've been working hard on my putting and also on being patient. I didn't putt as well today as last week when I was more aggressive than usual."


On her opening nine, she slotted in birdie putts from 12 and 18 feet at the second and fifth and the only bogey on her six-birdie round was at the par-5 17th when she two-putted from three feet and put that down to a spike mark diverting her ball.


After nine straight pars, Hanson eagled the par-5 10th by stroking in an 18-foot putt and later collected three more birdies.


"My caddie kept telling me to be patient, the putts will go in eventually. They did," she said.


Piers, who played on the European tour in 1991 before getting her LPGA card, had six birdies in her round but three-putted the 12th for her only bogey.


"All five of the par 5s are within reach and the course played relatively easily today with no wind," she said.


Lidback, who has a Swedish father, a Peruvian mother, learned to play in Brazil and has lived for 20 years in the United States, also had one bogey to spoil a six-birdie round.


"I am very excited obviously to play so consistently and hit so many greens," said the 33-year-old Peruvian, who now lives in Houston, Texas.