In the later wave of starts, both Paula Creamer and Na Yeon Choi have birdied their 1st 2 opening holes.
Not everyone has gotten off to fast starts, though. In-Kyung Kim bogeyed 3 of her 1st 5 holes, Eun-Hee Ji bogeyed 3 of her last 4 holes on the front to open her 2010 with a 39, and Sophie Gustafson's 40 on the front included 2 birdies, 2 bogeys, and a 9 on the par-5 7th (but she quickly bounced partway back with back-to-back birdies to open the front, only to give 1 more stroke away with a bogey on the 13th).
Unfortunately, it looks like the LPGA still can't afford to keep performance stats in Asian events, as nobody's scorecard is giving any information on fairways, greens in regulation, or driving distance. Or maybe they're keeping the stats, but just not updating them live online?
Ah, well, Ai Miyazato and Lorena Ochoa are about to tee off and I'm about to go to bed. If I can get up early enough, look for an update here in less than 7 hours....
[Update 1 (7:01 am): Oh, man! Yang doubled 18 to settle for a 70. Too bad for her! Lewis finished strong for a 68, and Hjorth finished steady for a 69, but they got passed by a lot of players, starting with Hur, who finished with a 66 after making birdies on 3 of her 1st 6 holes on the back. The only player in the later groups to match Hur was Suzann Pettersen, who played bogey-free golf all day and exploded with a birdie-par-birdie-eagle finish (note the 4-shot swing on Yang on 18 alone!). Others who went low include my fave, Ai-sama (bogey-free 67), Song-Hee Kim (walk-off eagle for another bogey-free 67), and Hee Young Park (who made an eagle, 6 birdies, and 3 bogeys on the way to her own 67). In all, 16 players broke 70, including notables Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, and Ya Ni Tseng at 68, and Paula Creamer, Lorena Ochoa, and Karrie Webb at 69. 40 players shot par or better, but among those who didn't were the long-driving pairing of Jee Young Lee and Vicky Hurst, who ballooned to 78s, the worst score of the day. It's going to be an endurance test, as few in the field are accustomed to the Chonburi heat and humidity, so anything can happen over the next 54 holes. Stay tuned!]
[Update 2 (7:09 am): Here are the 2nd-round pairings. Among the notable pairs, I would single out major champions Pressel and Ji at 9:42 am, Wie and Moromizato at 9:50 am (Michelle can practice her Japanese with Shinobu!), Choi and Nordqvist at 10:22 am (neither have missed a cut in their LPGA careers), Ueda and Pak at 10:46 am (the young Japanese star and legendary Korean Hall of Famer), Hull and Yang at 11:26 am (the Australian connection!), Ochoa and Creamer at 11:34 am ('nuff said!), and of course the last 5 groups:
Start Time: 11:58 AM
Start Time: 12:06 PM
Ya Ni Tseng
Start Time: 12:14 PM
Start Time: 12:22 PM
Hee Young Park
Start Time: 12:30 PM
You don't need me to tell you what's interesting about every one of them! But I'd say the Ai-sama/Stacy one is probably the least interesting of the bunch, and I say that as someone who loves the former and really likes the latter.]
[Update 3 (11:11 am): Is it just me, or has the writing on LPGA.com's notes and interviews page improved by, like, 500% since last year? It's almost as if someone who really knows the players and their histories and the history of the tour is writing them now....]
[Update 4 (11:24 am): Here's Jamie Belyea's quick and informative take on the top of the leaderboard.]
[Update 5 (2/19/10, 2:27 am): Nice focus on 14-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn's start by Jamie. I share his hopes that slightly older Thai players will make it back to the LPGA. I'm particularly eager to see how Virada Nirapathpongporn's recovery from last season's shoulder surgery proceeds and how well she plays on the Futures Tour this season. 75-73 is not the start I was hoping for from her!]