Wie opens with 72 in Singapore


POSTED: Thursday, February 25, 2010

SINGAPORE » Michelle Wie shot an even-par 72 today in the opening round of the HSBC Champions.

Wie was 2-under after 16 holes thanks to back-to-back birdies, but closed her round with bogeys on the 17th and 18th. She enters the second round tied for 19th, four strokes behind the leaders.

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa birdied two of the final three holes for a 4-under 68 and a share of the first-round lead. Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford and Hee Young Park also shot 68s. Kerr birdied five of the last six holes on Tanah Merah's Garden Course, Stanford had a bogey-free round, and Park overcame three bogeys with seven birdies.