Japan's Mika Miyazato made the most of her early tee time, firing a six-under par 65 to share the first round lead at the ShopRite LPGA Classic with Stacy Lewis.
On a day when conditions favored the early starters, Miyazato played in the first group of the morning.
She birdied the par five third hole and added another birdie at the par-four fifth before rolling in a 20-foot eagle putt at the par-five ninth to lie four-under at the turn.
The player also birdied two par-threes on the back nine, 11 and 17, to put herself in position to strike for a first LPGA title, nearly holing her tee shot at 17 before making the three-footer for birdie.
"I hit it almost perfect," Miyazato said of her round. "I think putting was more off today and second shot, I had more confidence."
Her American competitor Lewis overcame a double-bogey six at the par-four second hole with an eagle at the par-five third and six birdies for a share of the lead on the Bay Course at the Seaview resort.
Defending champion Brittany Lincicome finished with a 72.
As the wind picked up and clouds gathered in the afternoon, scoring became more difficult.
Uribe was the only player among the leaders with an afternoon tee time.
Lewis, who won her second LPGA title in April in Mobile, Alabama, was in the middle of her round when the conditions began to change.
After teeing off on 10, she was two under through nine holes before starting her homeward run with a birdie, a double-bogey and an eagle.
"The wind just came out of nowhere," Lewis said of the sudden change in conditions at about the time she made the turn.
The wind was a factor in her double-bogey at the second, where she fired over the green then chipped past and three-putted.
"Came back and made eagle on three, so that really kind of got things going," she said. "And then I made a few putts coming in, so it was nice."
She was on the green in two at the par-five ninth, but her seven-foot eagle putt -- which would have given her the lead -- didn't drop.
Source: AFP Global Edition