China's Feng leads at Kraft Nabisco as Wie starts well

Thu Apr 3, 2014 11:46pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Shanshan Feng picked the brain of a wily veteran en route to grabbing the first round lead at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the women's golf season, on Thursday.

Feng, China's first winner on the LPGA Tour, carded a six-under-par 66 to head American Michelle Wie and South Korean Pak Se-ri by one stroke.

Teenage amateur Angel Yin and South Korean Amy Yang are two strokes behind after a day of low scoring in ideal conditions at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.

Feng played her opening round with three-time Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Amy Alcott and was not afraid to ask the 58-year-old for advice on how to navigate the course.

"After my first drive, I was asking her the secrets about winning here," said the 24-year-old from Guangzhou.

"Before this year, I never did well here, so she was telling me the secrets (but) don't ask me what the secrets are, because they are secrets.

"I will tell you maybe after we finish Sunday but I did learn a lot from her. I was really focusing on my game but at the same time watching how she deals with the tough shots."

Feng has three LPGA Tour victories, including a major title -- the 2012 LPGA Championship.

Wie picked up five strokes in four holes around the turn, including an eagle at the par-five 11th. Her only blemish was a bogey at the penultimate hole, where she missed a short putt.   Continued...

Apr 3, 2014; Rancho Mirage, CA, USA; Shanshan Feng on the ninth hole in the first round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports