Nordqvist grabs one-shot lead

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist carded an opening-day six-under-par 66 to claim a one-shot lead in the LPGA Thailand event at Pattaya.

The former LPGA Championship winner hit six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the 15th to edge ahead of American Michelle Wie in the US$1.5m showpiece.

A trio of Americans - Lexi Thompson, Jennifer Johnson and Angela Stanford - are a further stroke back, the latter's score boosted by a hole in one on the 146-yard eighth.

World No 1 and defending champion Inbee Park of Sputh Korea hit a 71 to join a large group of players on one-under which included world No 3 Stacy Lewis, 2012 LPGA Championship winner Feng Shanshan of China and Australian Karrie Webb.

After her round, played in overcast, damp conditions, Nordqvist said: "I started with three birdies, so obviously got some momentum right off.

"On 15 I had 59 yards to the pin, pitched a little bit past, and then spun in the hole. So that was pretty cool to make an eagle there."

World No 27 Nordqvist, who changed her coach and equipment towards the end of last year, added: "It felt like at one point last year I was about ready to quit the sport.

"I just kind of lost the reason why I play golf, the fun of it. I have good people around me now and they have been really helping me to get that inspiration back."