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Wie 5 shots back after first round of Lotte Championship

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    Lotte defending champion and Hawaii golfer Michelle Wie teed off Wednesday.
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Michelle Wie shot a 2-under 70 and sits in a tie for 15th after Wednesday’s first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club.

Three South Korean golfers — Sei Young Kim, Inbee Park and Na Yeon Choi — held the lead at 5-under 67, until another South Korean, I.K. Kim, stormed the leaderboard in the last group of the day to sit alone at the top with a 7-under 65.

Wie, the defending Lotte champion, birdied three holes on the back nine to get to 3 under before bogeying the par-3 No. 16.

The Punahou graduate tees off her second round at 7:44 a.m. Thursday along with fellow past Lotte winners Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen.

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