Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 on Wednesday at breezy Ko Olina to take the lead halfway through the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.
The Norwegian, a 10-time winner on the LPGA Tour, had nine birdies and two bogeys in her morning round.
''I went out today and tried to be really aggressive,'' said Pettersen, coming off a third-place tie two weeks in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. ''My dad was so disappointed after the Kraft that I left all the putts short. He's like, `You got to hit the ball past the hole to make putts.'''
Spain's Beatriz Recari, playing alongside Pettersen and Angela Stanford the first two rounds, was two strokes back along with South Korea's So Yeon Ryu, American Jane Park and Canada's Rebecca Lee-Bentram.
Playing the back nine first, Recari birdied four of the first six holes.
''We teed off at 7:50 and it was already blowing pretty hard, especially on the back nine,'' Recari said. ''Those holes are really open to the ocean. So, I think it was ...