Moriya Jutanugarn turned in a bogey-free 6-under, 66 to share the opening round lead with Lexi Thompson, Minjee Lee and Jessica Korda at the LPGA Honda Classic.
Jutanugarn will try to become the first player from Thailand to win the Honda LPGA Thailand.
"I had a good start today, it was better than I expected," said Jutanugarn. "I just rested this offseason and ate Thai food at home."
While Siam Country Club is not a course she plays or practices at often while home, she is very comfortable around the track. Plus, she has plenty of friends and family members out watching this week. Moriya finished seventh in Thailand last year.
The expectations are sky high for Moriya this year after a career year in 2017 that saw her collect 11 top 10 results.
World No. 4 Lexi Thompson turned in an opening round 66 at Siam Country Club in Thailand.
"I eagled the first hole and then birdied the second and it was great to get off to a good start," said Thompson. "This golf course is a lot of just hitting it in the fairway. Once you're there, it is also about the second shot."
One of Minjee Lee’s goals in 2018 is to climb into the top 10 in the world. She took another step towards accomplishing that goal with a 6-under, 66 on Thursday.
Lee, who won the Oates Vic Open on the LET to start her year, finished in a tie for fifth last week at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
Jessica Korda, who was returning from offseason jaw surgery, had one of the shots of the day when her ball came three rotations short of a hole-in-one on number 16. She made birdie on 16 and then finished eagle-birdie to get into a share of the lead. Korda has not won since the 2015 season.
"It's nice, it's really, really nice," said Korda about her start. "Definitely a lot of rest, but it's just nice to be out there and be able to hit the shots again. I had a strong finish last year, and just kind of cap that off and then start today it's pretty nice. Started with an eagle, too, and I was like, damn."
Two-time Honda LPGA Thailand champion Amy Yang is in a logjam for second place at 5-under, 67. Yang won in Thailand in 2015 and 2017. World No. 2 Sung Hyun Park, making her season debut, is also amongst the group at 5-under.
There are six players in a tie for second at 5-under and Michelle Wie is one of five in a tie for 11th at 4-under, 68.
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