Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Sports Network) - Defending champion Na Yeon Choi and
Karrie Webb both shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday to share the lead after one
round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Choi, who won the U.S. Women's Open for her first major title in July, fired
six birdies and endured a lightning delay during her bogey-free opening round
at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Webb, a 37-time LPGA Tour winner, also finished without a bogey on Thursday to
secure a share of the lead.
Min Lee, Mika Miyazato and Sun Young Yoo are tied for third place at 5-under,
while Hee Young Park and Hee-Won Han both shot 67 to share sixth.
World No. 1 Yani Tseng, who finished one stroke back of Choi at this event in
2011, is tied for 66th place after recording three double-bogeys during an
Top American and World No. 2 Stacy Lewis fared better on Thursday with a 1-
under 70 and resides in a large group tied for 24th.
Tseng and Lewis are the only players with three tour wins in 2012.
Third-ranked Jiyai Shin, who is attempting to win her third consecutive event,
shot par. The South Korean captured the Ricoh Women's British Open and the
Kingsmill Championship in her previous two tour appearances.
Also on Thursday, Michelle Wie opened with a 4-over 75 to sit in a group tied
for 62nd place.
Choi was 4-under through eight holes and recorded another birdie on the 12th
before lightning forced her to halt. After the delay, Choi birdied No. 14 to
get to 6-under, then closed with four straight pars for her opening-round 65.
The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is the first of four events in the tour's Asian
swing, which also features stops in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.
NOTES: Choi is seeking her second tour win of the year...Seven players are
tied for eighth place at 3-under...The top 10 players in the world are in the
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