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Ochoa ahead in Mexico

DEFENDING champion Lorena Ochoa shot a bogey-free eight-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Michelle Wie and Choi Na-yeon after the first round of the Corona Championship in Morelia, Mexico, on Thursday.

"It was a good day. There is really not much more to add if you look at the score, I'm very happy because I'm in control," said Ochoa, the top-ranked Mexican star who also won the 2006 tournament at Tres Marias. "It's very exciting to be in a position that I like. Hopefully, we can stay there the next three days, because my goal is to win it."

Wie, who started on No. 10, eagled the par-5 fifth - hitting a 5-wood to 4 feet - and birdied three of her final four holes. She made a 15-footer on No. 6, a 4-footer on No. 8 and finished with a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 9.

"The greens were interesting," Wie said. "They are in great condition. They give character to the golf course. It is a lot of fun to play on this course."

After opening the season with a second-place finish at Turtle Bay, Wie tied for 57th in Phoenix and tied for 67th in the Kraft Nabisco.

"I know what I need to do out there tomorrow, so hopefully I can just go out and play my best," Wie said. "I have been just plugging away, so I can only try my best. ... I need to be more consistent. The main thing is I just want to have fun out there."

Choi also had a bogey-free round. "I played almost perfectly today," Choi said. "I just tried to think about a target on each hole, and just tried to hit it. I trust the yardage that I get from my caddie. When I am playing, I try not to think about the score. I just try to think about playing good golf."

Yi Eun-jung, Anna Nordqvist, Sandra Gal and Sarah Lee shot 67s, and Silvia Cavalleri, Kristy McPherson, Katherine Hull, Jill McGill and Mollie Fankhauser had 68s.

Second-ranked Yani Tseng and No. 5 Suzann Pettersen were four strokes back at 69.


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