France’s Karine Icher leads the Ana Inspiration, the first Grand Slam tournament of the women’s circuit, in a first lap interrupted by strong gusts of wind, Thursday in Rancho Mirage, California. Karine Icher shot a 5-under 67 to take an early lead. While Clark native Kim Kaufman shot an even-par 72 before high wins shortened the opening day of the LPGA Tour.

Half of the field in the LPGA Tour’s first major of the year was still on the course when wild winds in the Coachella Valley forced an early halt to play. The first round was set to this morning (Friday).

Four players on the Dinah Shore Course were one shot behind Icher, including Michelle Wie and 17-year-old amateur Eun Jeong Seong.

Wie, the former child prodigy, played her opening round with 14-year-old Lucy Li, who was 1 under.

Lydia Ko, the defending ANA Inspiration champion and world No. 1, was 2 under through five holes before play was suspended.

Classification of the Ana Inspiration (after the interruption of the first round, par 72):

  1. Karin Icher (FRA) 67
  2. Seong Eun-jong (KOR) 68
  3. Michell Wie (USA) 68
  4. Park Sung-hyun (KOR) 68
  5. Ryu So-yeon (KOR) 68
  6. Lexi Thompson (USA) 69
  7. Jenny Shin (USA) 69
  8. Feng Simin (CHN) 70
  9. Jang Han Na (KOR) 70
  10. Paula Creamer (USA) 70
  11. Haru Nomura (JPN) 70
  12. Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 68
  13. Candy Kung (TPE) 68
  14. Lee Mirim (KOR) 68
  15. Hur Mi-jung (KOR) 68
  16. Pernilla Lindberg (SWE) 70

Source: Times Daily

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