World No 2 Ariya Jutanugarn cruised to a shared lead in the first round of the Honda LPGA on Thursday, eying a redemptive victory on her home turf.

The smooth bogey-free 66 came fresh off the 21-year-old's spectacular 2016 season, which saw her win five LPGA tournaments and a Player of the Year award.

It also sets the young player up for redemption on the course where she suffered a heartbreaking defeat in 2013 after losing her cool in the final round with three bogeys that forced her into second place.

"I feel really good with my iron today," Ariya told tour organisers after playing in front of a home crowd at Siam Country Club in Pattaya.

"Especially tee shot is pretty good," she added.

She shared the top of the leaderboard with the tournament's 2015 winner Amy Yang, who dropped a shot on the 10th hole but bounced back with a string of birdies to card 66, six-under par.

"In the middle, during the round, you know, I had some time I couldn't control the ball, but I still had a lot of good shots," the South Korean told tour organisers.

Her compatriot, world No 8 Sei Young Kim, carded a 5-under 67 to clinch a tie for third.

LEADING FIRST-ROUND SCORES

66 - Ariya Jutanugarn (THA), Amy Yang (KOR)

67 - Shanshan Feng (CHN), Ryann O'Toole (USA), Sei Young Kim (KOR), Minjee Lee (AUS)

68 - Karine Icher (FRA), Lexi Thompson (USA), Haru Nomura (JPN), Danielle Kang (USA), Cristie Kerr (USA)

69 - Eun-Hee Ji (KOR), Jessica Korda (USA), Sandra Gal (GER), Stacy Lewis (USA), So Yeon Ryu (KOR), Charley Hull (ENG), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (ENG), Moriya Jutanugarn (THA), Azahara Munoz (ESP), Angela Stanford (USA)

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