Wie West opens with 81 in tough LPGA return

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CARLSBAD, Calif. — Michelle Wie West struggled by scheme of a spherical of 9-over 81 in her first match in almost two years, and Inbee Park shot a 6-beneath 66 to rob the first-round lead Thursday throughout the Kia Traditional at Aviara.

Park had a secure, bogey-free spherical in moist, breezy stipulations throughout the afternoon. Fellow South Korean Hyo Joo Kim was once a stroke unhurried, and Sophia Popov, In Gee Chun, Stephanie Meadow and Mel Reid shot 68.

The focal stage was once on Wie West, 31, in her first match since giving delivery to daughter Makenna 9 months throughout the previous. That’s her first match for the reason that Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine in June 2019, when she shot 84-82.

She had hoped for a smoother return to the tour however finished the spherical tied with Yani Tseng for 142nd throughout the 144-participant enviornment. Wie West opened alongside along with her completely birdie after which carded seven bogeys in her subsequent 13 holes. She made a double-bogey 6 on No. 15 and closed with a bogey on 18.

“I birdied the primary hole, in order that was once correct,” Wie West acknowledged. “I hit an enormous choice of in depth photos nowadays. Simply felt love I had a pair unfortunate bounces proper right here and there that may even beget made a in depth incompatibility. On the comparable time, I upright could not procure my putter going. I upright did now not execute an enormous choice of assured strokes throughout the market nowadays, which I do know I am ready to present a improve to for tomorrow.”

Wie West acknowledged she had no excuses.

“I am actually taking a lot of the positives out of it, and there have been hundreds. It did now not appear find it irresistible, however I am mad,” she acknowledged. “I am grateful to be help out proper right here, grateful that I even beget one different day tomorrow to roughly procure my sport prepared for ANA. I hope I execute an enormous choice of birdies tomorrow.”

The ANA Inspiration, the season’s first crucial, is subsequent week at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California.

Though her folks flew over from Hawaii to once more treasure her daughter, Wie West acknowledged the calls for of motherhood will impact the time she will be capable of exhaust on the route.

“I level out, I may effectively be spending an hour on this inserting inexperienced, however I’ve acquired to go help and type bathtub time now,” she acknowledged. “So positively priorities are there, are diversified, and that is the rationale upright roughly … I level out, I had a colossal smile on my face all day nowadays as a result of life is appropriate. I am out proper right here taking part in all as quickly as extra; I in reality beget a superb trying daughter.”

Wie West was once troubled by a hand harm in 2019 and acknowledged she thought to be retiring, besides discovering out she was once going to beget a lady. She is married to Jonnie West, director of basketball operations for the Golden Clarify Warriors and son of basketball in depth Jerry West.

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