Ochoa leads in Mexico; Wie one back
Thursday, April 23, 2009
MORELIA, Mexico — Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a bogey-free 8-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Michelle Wie and Na Yeon Choi after the first round of the LPGA’s Corona Championship.
“It was a good day. There is really not much more to add if you look at the score, I’m very happy because I’m in control,” said Ochoa, the top-ranked Mexican star who also won the 2006 tournament at Tres Marias.
“It’s very exciting to be in a position that I like. Hopefully, we can stay there the next three days, because my goal is to win it.”
Wie, who started on No. 10, eagled the par-5 fifth and birdied three of her final four holes. After opening the season with a second-place finish at Turtle Bay, she tied for 57th in Phoenix and tied for 67th in the Kraft Nabisco — shooting 71-81-81-71.
Eunjung Yi, Anna Nordqvist, Sandra Gal and Sarah Lee shot 67s, and Silvia Cavalleri, Kristy McPherson, Katherine Hull, Jill McGill and Mollie Fankhauser had 68s.
Second-ranked Yani Tseng and No. 5 Suzann Pettersen were four strokes back at 69, No. 6 Cristie Kerr had a 70, and No. 4 Paul Creamer shot a 72.
Brittany Lincicome, coming off a major victory at the Kraft Nabisco on April 5, was 10 strokes behind Ochoa after a 75.