BANGKOK • Any time you get the top six women golfers in the field, expect fireworks.
It was no different at the LPGA Thailand Open yesterday, with a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard.
Americans Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda, Australian Minjee Lee, and local favourite Moriya Jutanugarn, who is seeking her first LPGA Tour win, each finished with a six-under 66 at the Siam Country Club in Chonburi.
The LPGA Thailand Open is the final tournament before the March 1-4 HSBC Women's World Championship. And with US$1.6 million (S$2.11 million) in prize money on offer, it is more than an ideal warm-up for the event at Sentosa Golf Club's New Tanjong Course.
"I had a good start today, it was better than I expected," Moriya, who had a blemish-free round, told the LPGA website.
She attributed her fine form to "off-season rest and Thai food at home".
World No. 4 Thompson is hoping to continue her love affair with the Thailand Open, having won in 2016 and coming fourth last season.
"I eagled the (par-five) first hole and then birdied the (par-four) second and it was great to get off to a good start," she said.
Six players are in joint-second on 67, including Canada's Brooke Henderson, defending champion and two-time winner Amy Yang, world No. 2 Park Sung Hyun and Brittany Lincicome, fresh off her victory in the Bahamas last month.
China's world No. 1 Feng Shanshan carded a 69.
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