Se Ri Pak overcame wind, cold and a double bogey on the 15th hole to shoot a 5-under-par 67 yesterday for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the World Championship of Women's Golf in Maple Grove, Minn.
Laura Davies of England shot a 69 and Meg Mallon and Canadian Lorie Kane each had 70s.
Two-time defending champion Juli Inkster shot a 74.
The sky was overcast and the temperature was in the fifties most of the day, and Pak, last season's runaway choice as rookie of the year, was unsure what to expect.
"I was very surprised today," Pak said. "I knew when I teed off that it would not be that easy, you know, to shoot under par, because of the very strong winds, the cold."
Pak parred the first three holes on the 6,493-yard Rush Creek Golf Club course, then birdied the next three and had seven birdies after 13 holes.
Dottie Pepper withdrew from the tournament after straining a tendon in her left hand while trying to hit out of a bunker on the third hole. She finished the front nine before withdrawing.
Pepper's withdrawal leaves 19 players in the invitation-only field composed of the LPGA Tour's top money winners, leading foreign players and winners of this year's majors.
PGA: Lee Janzen birdied eight of the last 12 holes for a 6-under-par 66 that tied him with Trevor Dodds after the first round of the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario.
Janzen, who failed to give Ben Crenshaw a good reason to pick him for the Ryder Cup team, is trying to play his way into the Tour Championship with hopes of salvaging a frustrating year.
"It's toward the end of the year, and I really need to play well," he said. "It was good to get off to a good start."
Dodds, a 40-year-old from Namibia who once played the Canadian Tour, felt at home, especially with an eagle on the par-5 18th by hitting a 4-iron from 212 yards into about 12 feet.
"I like it here," he said. "It's my home away from home away from home. I think you develop some kind of expectation of playing well, and good things happen."
Play was suspended with 21 players still on the course. They will finish the first round today.
BRITISH MASTERS: Australian Stephen Allan birdied his first three holes and went on to shoot a 7-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead.
Colin Montgomerie was one of five players tied for second place, two strokes back. He is seeking his sixth title of the year and is on his way toward a possible seventh straight year as the European PGA Tour's leading money winner.