Irving, TX – Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Suzann Pettersen carded a 5-under 66 on Thursday to grab a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
LPGA LOTTE Championship winner Michelle Wie shot a 4-under 67 to claim a share of second place with Dori Carter, Cristie Kerr, Caroline Masson, Cydney Clanton and Christina Kim at Las Colinas Country Club.
Amelia Lewis, P.K. Kongkraphan and Xi Yu Lin are tied for eighth at 3-under 68, while 31-time LPGA Tour winner Juli Inkster is among a group of eight players tied for 11th at 2-under 69.
Inkster was joined by Lorie Kane, Haeji Kang, Jenny Shin, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Katherine Kirk, Mi Hyang Lee and Chella Choi.
Pettersen started on the back nine and parred her first six holes before rolling in a birdie at the 16th. She added back-to-back birdies at the 18th and first to move to 3-under.
After parring her next five holes, the 14-time winner on the LPGA Tour converted another set of gains at the seventh and eighth to claim the outright lead at 5-under. She parred the ninth to end there.
"I got to kind of pace myself a little bit. I can't do too much early in the week," said Pettersen, who returned to action last week after missing the previous four weeks due to a back injury. "Today I was actually feeling a little bit tense to start, which is a good sign. So nice to be back."
Kim was the lone member of the group in second place to record a bogey-free round. She played in the morning wave to post the early number to beat along with Masson, Clanton and Wie.
Masson countered a lone bogey with five birdies, while Clanton had two bogeys and six birdies during her opening round. Wie recorded two bogeys, four birdies and an eagle to reach 4-under.
"It was a fun day out there today," Wie said. "A little bit cold in the morning, but happy with my round."
Kerr and Carter both had a bogey in their opening round. Carter responded with five birdies and Kerr had three birdies and an eagle to both reach minus-4.
NOTES: Defending champion Inbee Park carded an even-par 71 and sits in a tie for 35th place along with hometown favorite Stacy Lewis ... Pettersen was a four-time winner last season ... Kim is seeking her first win since the 2005 Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions.