Hyo Joo Kim handled a long, tough Hazeltine with only one bogey for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot lead among the early starters at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Michelle Wie struggled to handle the pain. Icing her right wrist throughout the round, Wie shot 84 and then started crying when she wondered aloud how much time she had left.
According to the Golf Channel’s Randall Mell, Wie met with reporters for about a minute before leaving the scrum with tears in her eyes.
“It’s hard,” she said. “It’s just one of those situations where I’m not, you know, I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me, so even on the bad days, I’m just, like, trying to take time to enjoy it. But it’s tough,” said Wie.
Kim birdied three of the par 5s – most of them were unreachable in two shots – and dropped her only shot at the par-4 10th.
She was one shot ahead of Ariya Jutanugarn and Annie Park. Hazeltine is so long that Jutanugarn, one of biggest hitters on the LPGA Tour, put driver in the bag for the first time all year and even hit it twice.