Michelle Wie's affinity with Sentosa Golf Club continued on a stormy Thursday at Sentosa Golf Club, with the American soaring into contention at the HSBC Women's World Championship.



Michelle Wie's affinity with Sentosa Golf Club was again demonstrated on Thursday, with the American soaring into contention at the HSBC Women's World Championship.

Just twelve months after Wie began her incredible climb back up the World Rankings with a top-five finish at the renovated New Tanjong course, the Solheim Cup star fired a -5-under-par 67 to sit two shots behind leader Jennifer Song on day one. She appeared a transformed personality from the player who fell out of the world's top 100 eighteen months ago, laughing and joking on the fairways as she played her way into contention on a stormy day at the Singapore venue.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Song played flawless golf on the way to a bogey-free 65. A veteran of the Tour, Song is still in pursuit of her maiden victory but looked like a world beater during an opening round where some of the big names, including World No. 2 Lexi Thompson failed to perform.

‘Actually, last week was my first event in Thailand and I was really excited because I know I prepared hard for it. But I think there was just too much butterflies going on so I didn't quite perform the way I wanted.''

''But now that I got the feeling of playing a tournament, I think I was more comfortable coming into this week. I had a little bit of less pressure,'' she said. 

Thompson will need to improve on an opening 75 if she is to usurp Shanshan Feng at the top of the rankings on Sunday. Playing alongside the Chinese player and World No. 3 Sung Hyun Park, Lexi noticeably struggled with her putting on the quick sloping greens as she failed to ignite anything on a difficult day for the American star. 

Charley Hull continued her impressive start to the new season, despite a disappointing bogey on her finishing hole, as she fired a two-under-par round of 70, to sit in T17 position. 

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