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Icher impresses in cold Day 1 at Swinging Skirts

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DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Karine Icher of France birdied four of her first seven holes and finished with a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the lead in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

The start was delayed two hours because of fog and play was suspended because of darkness before all of the women finished the first round.

Icher had a bogey-free round and hit all but one green in regulation in the steadiest performance. Many struggled off the tee or with their putters on speedy, challenging greens on a cool day with plenty of wind and hovering fog not far off the Pacific Ocean.

Icher and her caddie husband, Fred, opted to stay short of the pin and putt uphill – and the strategy worked beautifully.

The gallery sang “Happy Birthday” to Lydia Ko on her 17th birthday as she started from the first tee, and Ko delivered with a 68.