Wie Four Back of Rosales in Hawaii


Ladies Professional Golf AssociationOAHU, Hawaii -- Jenny Rosales shot a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the inaugural SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
'I didn't miss any greens,' said Rosales. 'I hit all the greens and missed only three fairways. I am happy the way it turned out.'
Lorena Ochoa posted a 68 to join Angela Stanford, Heather Bowie and Sung Ah Yim in a tie for second at 4-under par. Juli Inkster was one shot further back at 3-under-par 69.
Rosales, who earned her first career victory on the LPGA Tour last year at the Chick-Fil-A Charity Championship, started on the 10th tee of the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort Golf Club and picked up her first birdie of the day at the par-5 12th. She then hit her tee shot inside 8 feet for a birdie at the par-3 13th and drained a 20-foot putt for a birdie at the par-3 15th.
The 26-year-old played her approach within 3 feet of the hole for a birdie at the par-4 16th and kept on cruising around the turn until she reached the par-5 third when Rosales chipped her third shot 8 feet from the hole and converted the putt for her fifth birdie of the day.
Rosales parred her next five holes before her third shot to the par-5 ninth landed within 10 feet of the cup. She then ran home the birdie try to finish two shots clear of the field.
'I felt like I was going to shoot low, but I didn't know it was going to be this low,' she said. 'I am just happy and hope that I can keep going until the end.'
Amateur sensation Michelle Wie is taking advantage of the LPGA Tour's stop in her native Hawaii and the 15-year-old had a rocky start with two birdies and two bogeys on the back side of the Palmer Course.
'I have to say I was a little bit nervous coming in because I had not played in a long time,' said Wie. 'Even after I made my birdie I still felt a little bit insecure.
Wie rolled in an 18-foot putt for a birdie at the par-3 fourth and tallied a birdie at the par-4 sixth for a round of 70.
'I think I left a lot behind,' said Wie. 'It was one of those rounds where I could have shot really low.'
Wie shared seventh place along with Cristie Kerr, Becky Morgan, Joellyn Crooks, Hee-Won Han, Grace Park, Rosie Jones, Carin Koch, Pat Hurst, Christina Kim, Lindsey Wright, Jimin Kang, Brittany Lincicome and Eva Dahllof.
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