Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Ji Young Oh and Caroline Hedwall in the Kia Classic.
Tseng won the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday in Phoenix for her 14th LPGA Tour title and second in four events this year. The 23-year-old Taiwanese star led the tour last season with seven victories, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open, and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles.
Tseng finished with a birdie on the par-4 ninth after dropping a stroke on the par-3 eighth when she drew a difficult lie in a greenside bunker.
''It plugged in the bunker,'' Tseng said. ''I didn't have a good lie there. I chipped out pretty good to 6 feet and just missed (the putt) a little bit to the right.''
On the ninth, her approach shot hit the left side of the fringe and kicked onto the green, coming to rest 3 feet from the hole.
''I think I hit a good shot,'' Tseng said. ''Sometimes you hit a good shot, you get...