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Fast start has Brittany Lang atop Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic leaderboard

6m - Golf

PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Brittany Lang birdied five of the first seven holes in windy conditions and shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

Added to the U.S. Solheim Cup team Monday as one of Juli Inkster's two captain's picks, Lang had a two-stroke lead over Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Ryann O'Toole.

Lang birdied Nos. 1, 3-5 and 7 in her morning round on the Senator Course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex. She birdied Nos. 11-12, dropped strokes on Nos. 13-14 and rebounded with birdies on Nos. 16-17.

Julieta Granada, Hyo Joo Kim, Ariya Jutanugarn, Therese Koelbaek and Simin Feng were three strokes back at 68.

Stacy Lewis, the 2012 winner, had a 70. Second last year in Prattville, she's coming off a playoff loss to Lydia Ko last week in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.

Lexi Thompson, the 2011 winner at age 16, opened with a 69.