DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - American defending champion Lexi Thompson opened with a 3-under 69 Wednesday at the Dubai Ladies Masters, three shots off the leaders.
Shanshan Feng and Florentyna Parker both shot 66s after the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.
``I could have dropped a few more putts. I had a lot of lip-outs out there. But I'll take 3 under for a first round,'' said Thompson, who had two bogeys on her first four holes. ``If I can stay around there and shoot a few more under than that, I'll be in a good position.''
Shanshan, who became the first player from mainland China to win a major championship in June at the LPGA Championship, had six birdies at the Emirates Golf Club.
Parker moved into a tie for the lead with a birdie the par-5 18th.
Klara Spilkova, Sahra Hassan and Cindy Lacrosse were a stroke behind at the season-ending Ladies European Tour tournament.
Michelle Wie (70) is four shots behind after a round that included a double-bogey on the par-4 12th. Carlota Ciganda, who leads the Order of Merit, shot 70.