Henderson tied for early lead at Australian Ladies Masters

Canada's Brooke Henderson hits off the 16th tee during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Lancaster Country Club, Sunday, July 12, 2015 in Lancaster, Pa. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Canadian Brooke Henderson birdied her first three holes and the final one Thursday for a 6-under 67 and a share of the early first-round lead at the Australian Ladies Masters.

Henderson, at No. 11 the highest-ranked player in the field, started on the back nine at Royal Pines. She had seven birdies overall and her only bogey came on the par-4 sixth.

Henderson was tied with Denmark's Nicole Broch Larson.

Jiyai Shin, Taiwan's Cheng Ssu-chia and England's Lauren Taylor were a stroke behind and tied for second after 68s.

Australian Su Oh, the defending champion, shot 71. Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods and 2014 champion, had a 75.

The tournament, which began under sunny skies and virtually no wind, is sanctioned by the Ladies European and Australian Ladies tours.