Michelle Wie West battled through a series of more than 81 in her first competition in almost two years, while Inbee Park shot a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead Thursday in the Kia Classic at Aviara.
Park had a strong, intruder-free round in blustery, windy conditions in the early evening. Individual South Korean Hyo Joo Kim was a stroke behind, and Sophia Popov, In Gee Chun, Stephanie Meadow, and Mel Reid shot 68.
The emphasis was on the 31-year-old Wie West in her first occasion since bringing forth little girl Makenna nine months prior. This is her first competition since the Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine in June 2019, when she shot 84-82.
She had expected a smoother get back to the visit however completed the round attached with Yani Tseng for 142nd in the 144-player field. Wie West opened with her lone birdie and afterward checked seven intruder in her next 13 openings. She made a twofold intruder 6 on No. 15 and shut with an intruder on 18.
“I birdied the principal opening, so that was acceptable,” Wie West said. “I hit a ton of extraordinary shots today. Just felt like I had a couple unfortunate bobs to a great extent that might have had a major effect. Simultaneously, I just couldn’t get my putter moving. I Just didn’t make a ton certain strokes out there today which I realize I can improve for later.”
Wie West said she had no reasons.
“I’m truly taking a great deal of the positives out of it, and there were a ton. It didn’t seem like it, however I’m energized,” she said. “I’m appreciative to be back around here, thankful that I have one more day tomorrow to sort of prepare my game for ANA. I trust I make a great deal of birdies tomorrow.”