Golf - Miyazato takes lead in Florida

Ai Miyazato of Japan hit an eight-under 64 to take a one-shot lead in the season-ending CME Group Titleholders at TwinEagles in Florida.

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Ai Miyazato of Japan watches her tee shot from 14 during the first round of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open on July 5, 2012 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler (AFP)

Miyazato, a two-times winner on the LPGA Tour this year, bogeyed the par-5 second hole but hit four birdies in a five-hole run to finish the front nine.

Four more birdies came on the back nine but she blotted her copybook with a missed putt on the final hole.

"I've been dealing with my putting since last month and it just didn't go in," Miyazato said. "But I just say to myself, 'Just be patient and it's going to go in some day.'"

US Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi is second, one shot behind.

Joint first-round leader Sun Young Yoo incurred a one-shot penalty for not raising her arm high enough on a drop at the 14th hole, putting her three back.

Stacy Lewis, who will receive the LPGA player of the year award at a gala dinner on Friday, had a 72 to put her eight shots back.

"Pretty frustrating," Lewis said. "My game just hasn't been sharp the last two days. Just been a little off putting, a little off chipping, a little off the iron game. You can kind of see it in the scores. Just haven't quite got things going."

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