ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Stacy Lewis and Yani Tseng shot 5-under 66s on Friday and were tied for the first-round lead at the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship.
Tseng, the world’s No. 1 player and the defending champion, eagled the par-5 18th hole with a downhill 6-foot putt to cap her round. Lewis, playing one group behind, birdied the 18th with a 5-foot putt to tie for the lead at Pinnacle Country Club.
Lewis, a former All-America at Arkansas and the hometown favorite, had three birdies in her last four holes.
After Lewis made her final birdie putt, she pumped her fist and the large gallery around the green erupted in cheers, chanting Arkansas’ “Woo Pig Sooie!”
Lewis hit 17 of 18 greens during the round, but took 30 putts.
Karen Stupples, Taylor Leon and Jin Young Pak were all at 4 under. Suzann Petterson, the world’s No. 2 player, was another stroke back in a group of nine that included Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
Leon birdied the first two holes and held the lead for most of the day at 4 under.
Pettersen went to the 18th tee tied for the lead, but she made a bogey after landing in a green-side bunker in two shots and then taking three putts.
Michelle Wie, who finished second here last year, had six bogeys and a double-bogey in a 78.
Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg, who finished at 2 under, started with a par on No. 10, aced No. 11, had a double-bogey on 12 and birdied 13.
The hole-in-one on the 190-yard 11th was the second professionally for the second-year pro and third in her golfing career.