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Michelle Wie trails Suzann Pettersen by one in Texas

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IRVING, Texas — Michelle Wie continued her strong recent play in Thursday’s first round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

Michelle Wie is one stroke behind Suzann Pettersen after the first round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout.  LM OTERO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
LM OTERO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Michelle Wie is one stroke behind Suzann Pettersen after the first round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

The 24-year-old Wie, who won in Hawaii on April 19, opened with 4-under-par 67 and is one shot off Suzann Pettersen’s lead.

Pettersen, who returned to the LPGA Tour last week after missing a month with back issues, had a bogey-free round.

Pettersen took sole possession of the lead when she birdied No. 7 and 8, her 16th and 17th holes of the day.

Wie, who leads the tour’s money list with more than $651,000, hasn’t finished outside the top 10 in her past three starts.

She finished second in the Nabisco Championship, won the LPGA Lotte Championship, then tied for ninth place last week in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

Wie is tied for second place with Cristie Kerr, Christina Kim, Cydney Clanton, Caroline Masson and Dori Carter.

Lexi Thompson, in her first event since winning the Nabisco Championship in early April, opened with 70.

Top-ranked Inbee Park, the defending champion, and Texas native Stacy Lewis, the highest-ranked American at No. 3, both shot 71 at Las Colinas Country Club.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Valdosta, Ga., Augusta’s Scott Parel is two shots off the lead after the first round of the South Georgia Classic.

Parel shot 3-under-par 69 and is tied for fifth place.

Carlos Ortiz and Jeff Curl lead the way after 67s. Andrew Putnam and Blayne Barber had 68s.

Parel is joined by four others at 69.

Evans resident Vaughn Taylor shot 73.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix and former USC Aiken golfer Roberto Diaz did not complete their rounds because of a weather delay. They will complete the rounds today.

ASIAN/EUROPEAN TOURS: In Singapore, Panuphol Pittayarat made nine birdies in a bogey-free 9-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead at The Championship at Laguna National.

Panuphol, ranked just 451st in the world, is a stroke ahead of a group of four golfers – former Augusta State standout Scott Jamieson, David Lipsky, Kim Byung-jun and Quincy Quek.

The tournament, a co-sanctioned European and Asian tour event formerly called the Ballantine’s Championship, was moved from South Korea to Singa­pore just three weeks ago after it lost its title sponsor and the promoter failed to reach an agreement with a suitable golf venue.

Defending champion Brett Rumford shot 70 and is tied with Alexander Levy, who won his first European Tour title Sunday at the China Open.

The 21-year-old Panuphol earned his best European Tour result late last year when he finished tied for 18th at the Hong Kong Open. But he’s missed his past three cuts on the Asian Tour.

TRUMP GETS MAJOR: The PGA Championship is going to Trump National in New Jersey, giving The Donald his biggest tournament yet.

The PGA of America announced a partnership Thursday that will bring the 2022 PGA to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

The Senior PGA Champ­ionship will be played at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, in 2017.

The announcement means the PGA of America will be busy in the greater New York area for the next decade.

The PGA Championship returns to Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J., in 2016 while Bethpage Black on Long Island will play host to the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup.


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