Wie leads in Singapore

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Michelle Wie has a one-shot lead after the opening round of the HSBC Women’s Champions on Thursday.

The American carded a sizzling six-under-par 66 around Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, enough for a one-stroke lead over a plethora of players on five under, including world number two Ariya Jutanugarn, Inbee Park and Anna Nordqvist.

Wie made up for her bogey on the third with a hat-trick of birdies on the next three holes. She then made five more gains on the back nine with just one bogey on the par three 15th to move into the lead.

The former US Women’s Open winner is hunting down her first win since 2014 and has struggled over the last couple season with injuries. Now injury-free, Wie is enjoying the game again.

“It feels good to play without much pain,” said the 27-year-old after the round.

“To go out there and just play some golf and focus on my game rather than trying to finish out rounds. I’m very proud of myself today.

“It was just a steady round. I had fun out there. I had a lot of fun. I just had fun playing.”

Meanwhile, Jutanugarn admitted that she could have gone a couple shots better but her putter let her down somewhat. Nonetheless, the Thai star made up for three dropped shots with eight birdies.

“I hit a lot of good shots today, especially on the front nine, but I just missed some putts,” said the five-time LPGA Tour winner.

“On the back nine I just started to make some putts, and that’s the key.”

Further down the leaderboard, Paula Creamer and Stacy lewis are on four under while world number one Lydia Ko is on three under after a 69.

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