ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - Michelle Wie of Honolulu shot a bogey-free 5-under-par 66 on Friday in her first round since winning the U.S. Women's Open, leaving her a stroke behind leader Alena Sharp in the NW Arkansas Championship.
Wie, who overcame windy conditions to post the best round of the afternoon, was tied for second with Alejandra Llaneza.
Wie spent much of her week leading into the tournament on the national morning-television circuit, only arriving at Pinnacle Country Club on Thursday.
Michelle Wie hits a shot on the seventh fairway during Friday’s opening round of the NW Arkansas Championship.
"Definitely running on fumes right now," Wie said.
"I think it definitely struck me on the back nine, a little bit tired, but I just was really excited to get out here and start playing again. New York was fun, but it's just fun to get back to playing golf."
Sharp, ranked 234th in the world, needed only 27 putts. She entered the week 137th on tour with an average of 31.34 putts per round, and credited a recent putting lesson for Friday's improvement.
LPGA NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday's First Round
At Rogers, Ark.
|Ji Young Oh||34-33—67||-4|
|So Yeon Ryu||34-33—67||-4|
|Na Yeon Choi||35-33—68||-3|
"I'm trusting it more and just trying to relax," Sharp said. "It's been a part of my game that hasn't been the greatest this year. I've hit a lot of greens and not making a lot of birdies, so today was definitely a step in the right direction."
Caroline Hedwall was one of 10 players at 67.