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Wie shares lead at Ochoa Invitational

November 9, 2012
The Associated Press

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) - Michelle Wie shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational with Angela Stanford and Candie Kung.

The 2009 tournament winner for the first of her two LPGA Tour victories, Wie birdied the first two holes at Guadalajara Country Club and opened the back nine with four straight birdies in the bogey-free round that matched her best score of the year.

"It's nice to come back to a golf course where we have a lot of good memories," said Wie, a 23-year-old Punahou School alumnus. "I think the fans are really fun when they come to watch, and I really hope they come to watch. The food is great, everything about this place is great. It's always really fun to come back here."

She got into the 36-player field on a sponsor invitation after failing to qualify.

"It's been a really difficult year," Wie said. "It's been the hardest year I've had so far, but I think the guacamole is helping this week, and I think that might be the changing point, so I'm going to keep eating it and hopefully it will help."

Stanford won the inaugural event in 2008. She is trying to win for the second time this year.

Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Cristie Kerr, So Yeon Ryu and Karine Icher were a stroke back.

Ochoa opened with a 71. The Mexican star won 27 LPGA Tour titles before retiring at age 28 in 2010.



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