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Kyriacou three off pace after Singapore opening round

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Steph Kyriacou is the leading Australian after round one of golf's Women's World Championship in Singapore, three shots behind leader Sarah Schmelzel.

STEPHANIE KYRIACOU. Picture: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images for TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup

Steph Kyriacou has fired a one-under 71 to be three shots off the pace after the opening round of the LPGA's Women's World Championship in Singapore.

The 23-year-old Australian, tied for 10th, had a mixed bag on Thursday at Sentosa Golf Club.

She carded five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the par-three fourth.

Compatriots Hannah Green, Grace Kim and Minjee Lee all had 74s, while Sarah Kemp was one stroke further back at three-over.

Sarah Schmelzel is the early leader after making birdies on two of her final three holes for a four-under 68 to enjoy a one-stroke lead over three players, including fellow American Lilia Vu.

Also tied for second with Vu were Sweden's Linn Grant and Esther Henseleit of Germany.

South Korea's two-time defending champion Jin Young Ko shot a 71.

Patty Tavatanakit, who won last week's home event in Thailand, had a 74, and Canadian Brooke Henderson a 75.

Former world No.1 and two-time major winner Lee is playing for the first time this year on tour.

The prestigious $US1.8 million ($A2.75 million) LPGA event features an elite 66-player field, with no cut.

This is the second of three straight weeks in Asia. Next week the tour moves to China and the Blue Bay event on Hainan Island.

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