Park shares lead in Singapore

Inbee Park and Yani Tseng hold a one stroke lead over the rest of the field after the opening round of the HSBC Women’s Champions on Thursday.

The duo shot a pair of 66’s to finish on six under after the opening 18 holes, one shot ahead of America’s Angela Stanford.

Park started off slowly, with eight pars in a row. However, a birdie on the ninth kick-started the South Korean’s back nine, where she rolled in five birdies.

“I didn’t play too aggressively on the front nine but wasn’t able to do what I wanted to do,” the former world number one told Sky Sports.

“But I was able to make a birdie on nine and that kind of got me started on doing things. The back nine was a great nine. I holed a lot of putts, hit great shots. If I can play the back nine like that, it’s going to be a good week.”

Behind Stanford are a group of five players that include seven time Major winner Karrie Webb and current world number one Lydia Ko, who indicated the jet-lag affected her round.

“I’m tired…a little bit jet-lagged because of the long flight but I’ve been trying to pace myself, go nine holes and do the least amount of practice,” said the 17-year-old.

“I think just this week, the heat is definitely going to get to me, so I’m just going to try and cool down.”

Meanwhile, defending champion Paula Creamer struggled, posting a two over 74.