U.S. Women’s Open

Ariya Jutanugarn, Sarah Jane Smith and Jeongeun6 Lee each shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek.

Jutanugarn and the Australian Smith each had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys. The Korean Lee, meanwhile, had five birdies.

Danielle Kang, 2014 winner Michelle Wie, Korean Ji-Hyun Kim and Swedish amateur Linn Grant were 3 under.

Smith and Lee have never won on the LPGA Tour.

Now, they find themselves in the unfamiliar position of holding a share of the lead at a major championship — and trying not to get caught up in it.

Lee parred the first five holes before heating up.

She arrived last Wednesday from Korea and played nine holes several times.

Top-ranked Inbee Park shot 70. No. 3 Lexi Thompson is 1 under. Defending champion Sung Hyun Park shot 76.

Kang had four birdies and a bogey.

England’s Mel Reid is in a group at 2 under, a few weeks after hiring a new coach.

She had missed eight of nine cuts on the LPGA Tour this year.

European Tour

English duo Robert Rock and Laurie Canter and South Africa’s Richard Sterne all shot rounds of 8-under 63 on Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Italian Open.

The trio was two shots ahead of a group of eight players, which includes 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett and Ryder Cup duo Ross Fisher and Thomas Pieters.

Daniel Im is also part of that group after a bogey on the 11th halted a bright start by the American on a day of low scoring at Gardagolf in Brescia.

Rock was at 1 over after three holes, but carded nothing higher than a 3 on the next nine holes and finished with seven birdies and an eagle.

Rock won the first of his two European Tour titles at the 2011 Italian Open.

It was Willett’s lowest round of the season so far as he looks to halt an alarming slide down the rankings.