KARRIE WEBB was just two shots off the lead after the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second major of the season.
The Aussie great shot a 5-under 68 at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York, to trail outright leader Jenny Shin of South Korea.
The 40 year old Webb, seeking an eighth major championship title, birdied three of her first four holes in a six-birdie round.
Shin shot a bogey-free 66 to lead by one from 17-year-old Canadian sponsor invitee Brooke Henderson.
Henderson had a three-putt bogey on her final hole (9) to drop a shot back after Shin birdied the 18th.
Shin had five birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 15th, while Hennderson eagled the par-5, 12th.
Hall of Famer Webb, who started on the back nine, had a bogey-free round until she dropped a shot on the seventh.
Americans Brittany Lincicome, the winner of the first major at the ANA Inspiration in April, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis were in a large group that finished four strokes back at 70 in steamy temperatures.
After Webb the next best Aussie was teenage rookie Minjee Lee (71), tied 40th in a large group including New Zealand’s world No.1 Lydia Ko.
Sarah Kemp shot a 74, Katherine Kirk a 75 and Sarah Jane Smith a 77.
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