Wie, Park claim a share of the lead

Michelle Wie and Park Hee-Young both carded 65s to claim a one-shot lead after Thursday’s first round of the Manulife Financial Classic.

World number 10 Wie and the defending champion from South Korea reached the clubhouse with their scores on six-under-par, one shot ahead of Feng Shanshan, while her Chinese compatriot Lin Xi Yu and American Cristie Kerr another shot further adrift on four-under.

Wie played consistent golf throughout her round, and started with birdies at three, six and seven, before dropping the first shot of her round at the ninth.

In windy conditions, the American then got the shot back at 11, before closing with three more birdies on her last four holes.

“I was consistent,” Wie said from the clubhouse after her round.

“And I felt like I judged the wind pretty well.”

Park started from the back nine and carded no bogeys during her clean round and signed for birdies on 11, 18, one, three, six and seven.

“I just kept thinking positive, keep it simple,” Park said.

“And then I didn’t really expect to play well because between this year and last year it was a pretty different condition. I just kept it simple and didn’t care about other players playing well or not, just one by one shot play.

“I was just happy today I played pretty good.

“Six-under par is (a) pretty good position. Still three more rounds left, so going to keep patient and do the same thing.”

As many as 12 players were tied at three-under, including Seven-time LPGA winner Choi Na-Yeon of South Korea, but world number one Stacy Lewis and South Korean Park In-Bee, her predecessor, were another shot further behind after carding 69s.