HSBC Women's Champions: Karrie Webb leads the field in Singapore
Karrie Webb is leading after a six-under-par 66 in the opening round of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.
Last Updated: 02/03/14 4:33pm
The 39-year-old Australian birdied six holes - including four in the first six holes - in the LPGA tournament at Sentosa Golf Club on Thursday.
Sweden's Caroline Hedwall and Paula Creamer of America are tied for second on five-under, while 2012 champion Angela Stanford and Taiwan's Teresa Lu are a stroke behind in joint fourth.
Webb, who has won seven majors in her long career, but none since the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2006, recently claimed her fifth Women's Australian Open title - and 40th overall.
"I've had a good career and I feel like I want to finish in the fashion that I started," said Webb, who also sunk a difficult 15-foot putt to save par on the 11th hole, with her only mistake on the green being a close miss with her birdie putt on the 12th.
"I just continue to work hard, and my working hard now is probably a little different to my working hard 20 years ago, but it's still working hard."
Further back in the field, world no 1 Inbee Park sits in a tie for seventh with four others after carding a two-under 70.
The South Korean could lose her top ranking to Suzann Pettersen - who had a one-under 71 for equal 12th place - if the Norwegian wins this event and Park doesn't finish higher than a tie for third.
"It wasn't a bad putting day, but I hit the ball great today," said Park. "And I didn't get myself in big trouble so that's good."
Fourteen-year-old Singaporean Amanda Tan, who won a qualifying tournament in January to become the youngest-ever player at the HSBC Champions, is in last place after a seven-over 79.