Park, Feng share Taiwan lead

Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng carded eight-under-par 64s to claim a share of the lead of the LPGA Taiwan Championship after Thursday’s first round.

World number one Park, playing in her first event since regaining the top rank from Stacy Lewis at the start of the week, birdied five of her last seven holes, while Feng notched an eagle on the par-five sixth and sunk six other birdie putts in her bogey-free round.

In a tie for third place after carding 66 is So Yeon Ryu, but Thursday could have been so much better for the South Korean player who reached nine-under after 12 holes. However, she fell back somewhat when she bogeyed the par-three 17th and double-bogeyed the par-five 18th.

Joining her on six-under are Taiwan’s Ssu-Chia Cheng, Denmark’s Line Vedel and Japan’s Haru Nomura.

World number two Lewis notched a 67 while US Open winner Michelle Wie carded a 68.

New Zealand teenager and world number three Lydia Ko is at three-under after her round of 69, alongside Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, who the inaugural event there at Kuala Lumpur in 2011.

Two-time defending champion Suzann Pettersen had to settle for a first round 70.