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Caught in fog, Wie shoots 72, trails by 6

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSMichelle Wie hits her fourth shot from the first fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the first round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament on Thursday
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    Michelle Wie hits her fourth shot from the first fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the first round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament on Thursday

DALY CITY, Calif. » The LPGA Tour made its long-awaited return to the Bay Area on Thursday, and the fog was there to greet a world-class field at Lake Merced Golf Club.

France’s Karine Icher shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead in the $1.8 million Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, after players braved a two-hour fog delay at the outset. Teen sensation Lydia Ko, who celebrated her 17th birthday on Thursday, surged into a five-way tie for second place at 68.

With rain in the forecast for Friday, the weather could remain a nuisance for the 72-hole inaugural event, the first LPGA tournament in the Bay Area since 2010.

Michelle Wie, coming off her first victory since 2010 in her home state, shot a 72 and was tied for 24th.

"It’s just a tough golf course," said Wie, who finished with a birdie on No. 18 in pending darkness. "I’ll take an even-par round. It’s a good position in the first round. I just need to make some more birdies (Friday)."

Wie’s day got off to a crazy start. She had a double bogey on the first hole after finding the bunker on an adjacent fairway off the tee.

"I hit it right, and I went in the bunker on the sixth hole," a chuckling Wie said of her mishap. "And then it was like a whole circus because I was trying to hit it down the sixth hole, so I was waiting for them to finish the hole. That took a while."

She hit a 5-iron shot off the lip of the bunker, chipped out and hit a 7-iron to about 15 feet, before just missing a bogey putt.

Play was suspended because of darkness with 24 players still on the course.

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