KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Defending champion Na Yeon Choi shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday in the LPGA Malaysia for a share of the lead with Hall of Famer Karrie Webb.
Choi was 5 under through 12 holes when first-round play was delayed because of lightning, then added a birdie on the par-4 14th and finished the bogey-free round with four pars. The South Korean player won the U.S. Women's Open in July for her first major title and sixth LPGA Tour victory.
"I put extra pressure on myself, too, as a lot people expect me to win here, but I like it. It makes you more nervous and encourages you to play better," Choi said.
Webb also had a bogey-free round, joining Choi atop the leaderboard after the delay with a birdie on the par-3 17th. The Australian won consecutive events early last year in Singapore and Phoenix for the last of her 38 LPGA Tour victories.
"Six birdies and no bogeys, I'm pleased with that," Webb said. "It's always hard to stay in focus after you have to sit it out for more than three hours.
"Instead of wanting to finish it off quickly without making mistakes, I was trying to hit some quality shots and that made the difference."