Michelle Wie opens LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina with 70

Michelle Wie // AP
Michelle Wie // AP

Oahu native Michelle Wie carded an opening round -2/70 at the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Wednesday, recording three birdies on the back nine. She’ll enter “cut day” in a tie for 27th.

Fellow Punahou graduate, Stephanie Kono shot a first round +1/73, despite carding two birdies on her first two holes. She is in a tie for 96th.

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) – Thai teen, and Local Qualifier, Ariya Jutanugarn shot an 8-under 64 on Wednesday at breezy Ko Olina to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen and Hee Kyung Seo after the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.

The 17-year-old Jutanugarn played the front nine in 6-under 30 in her afternoon round, dropped a stroke on the par-4 10th with her lone bogey, then eagled the par-5 14th and birdied the par-4 15th.

Jutanugarn was in position to win the LPGA Thailand in February, only to collapse on the final hole to hand Inbee Park the title. Jutanugarn closed with a triple bogey to blow a two-stroke lead, missing out on a playoff when she lipped out a 3-foot putt. She rebounded three weeks ago in Morocco, winning the Ladies European Tour’s Lalla Meryem Cup for her first professional title.


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