Inbee Park takes 1-stroke over Wie, others at LPGA Singapore

Ambitious Tan relishing home advantage

The 27-year-old American shot a brilliant six-under-par round at Singapore's brand new Tanjong course after needing a sponsor's invite to play in the elite event featuring 19 of the world's top 20.

But she recovered from her mistake with a birdie at the 14th, and then calmly drained a five-foot putt at the final hole for her seventh birdie of the day to seize the halfway lead.

"Michelle is in a really good place mentally", said David Leadbetter, her swing coach. She also claimed the gold medal at last year's Rio Olympic Games and is playing her second tournament after a six-month injury lay-off after the Summer Games in August. "I was nervous and excited, because I haven't played competitive golf in a while".

The South Korean signed for a 67 to join Canada's Brooke Henderson, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, American Mo Martin and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand in a tie for second on a heavily congested leaderboard. "I think it suits my game really well and hearing from the members, it's a really good change".

"I am a bit more focused this time for sure, and I see myself improving and going the right direction, and now it's just fine- tuning and getting better".

"I definitely just kept very patient out there", Wie said.

"We love Singapore", she said.

Wie's overnight lead Thursday was her first lead at an LPGA event since 2014.

"I just had tough times previous year, so the sooner I get back, it's better", Park told After the first round, Wie was on top by one stroke.

Wie abandoned the claw putting grip she used at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open in her last start, but she hasn't gone back to the "table-top" posture.

With the greens soft after a morning rain shower, Park birdied five of her first nine holes to go out in 31 before an unlucky break at the 12th when she got mud on her ball.

Wie said she would not be carried away by her sizzling start.

"It's always exciting to be on the top of the leaderboard or near the top of the leaderboard". "I want to just keep building, and, hopefully, the next three days I can take it day by day, hole-by-hole, shot by shot and play as hard as I can".

"It's a marathon this week, not a sprint, but I have to say I'm very proud of where I've positioned myself today, and hopefully the next three days I can keep it going, keep it rolling and keep having fun", Wie told reporters.



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