Park, Tseng lead HSBC; Ko two back


SINGAPORE – Inbee Park and Yani Tseng both shot 6-under 66 on Thursday to share the lead after the opening round of the HSBC Women's Champions.

Park's sixth birdie on the par-5 18th at Sentosa Golf Club left her tied with Tseng, who carded seven birdies and one bogey.

Angela Stanford was in third place, one stroke back.

''The front nine is a tougher nine,'' said Park, who had five birdies after the turn. ''I didn't play too aggressively on the front nine, but the back nine I had a lot of shots.''

Tseng also had a late charge, with birdies on four of her last seven holes to build momentum heading into the second round.

Full-field scores for the HSBC Women's Champions

Top-ranked Lydia Ko offset two bogeys with six birdies for a 68 and was tied for fourth with Karrie WebbJenny Shin, Mo Martin and Mariajo Uribe.

The 17-year-old Ko won her previous two tournaments.

Paula Creamer, who won last year's tournament with a 75-foot putt, struggled to a 74. Michelle Wie had a 73 that included a double bogey on the par-5 No. 7.

Lexi Thompson had a hole-in-one on the par-3 14th and was tied for ninth at 3-under 69.

''I hit a low controlled 7-iron from 150,'' Thompson said of her ace. ''It was looking good the whole way, so I was just waiting for it to drop. I let go of my club. I don't even know what I did honestly.''