Wi makes an early statement with 66 at Zurich Classic
South Korea's Charlie Wi took advantage of soft early-morning conditions to shoot a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 and take a one-stroke lead yesterday after the first round of the Zurich Classic in Avondale, La.
Wi was two strokes short of matching the course record at the TPC Louisiana.
As the wind and sun firmed up the course, nobody could get closer than within one stroke of Wi.
Jay Williamson, Nathan Green, Parker McLachlin, Charles Warren, John Merrick, and Eric Axley opened with 67s. Eleven players were at 68, including former tournament winner David Toms.
Defending champion Andres Romero finished at 73.
Masters runner-up Kenny Perry, after playing even over the first six holes, had five birdies on the next six, but fell apart down the stretch with bogeys on 15 and 17 to finish with 11 others at 69.
"I really felt good out there today," said Perry. "I did lose focus a little bit and kind of think a lot about two weeks ago, what was going on, but I mainly got tired. I mainly got tired mentally, which got me tired physically."
LPGA - Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a bogey-free 8-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Michelle Wie and Na Yeon Choi after the first round of the Corona Championship in Morelia, Mexico.
"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."
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.
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 in the Kraft Nabisco, was 10 strokes behind Ochoa after a 75.
European - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain had an eagle and three birdies on the back nine to surge into a share of the lead at 7-under 65 with New Zealander Mark Brown after the first round of the $2.9 million Ballantine's Championship at Jeju Island, South Korea.