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Park, Wie share early lead in Canada

Ontario, Canada (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending champion Hee Young Park and Michelle Wie carded matching 6-under 65s on Thursday to share the lead after the opening round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Park earned her second career LPGA Tour win with a playoff victory over Angela Stanford here last year, while Wie collected her third career title at the LPGA LOTTE Championship in April.

Shanshan Feng shot a 5-under 66 at Grey Silo Golf Course to sit alone in third place. Cristie Kerr and Xi Yu Lin shared fourth at 4-under 67.

Seven-time LPGA Tour winner Na Yeon Choi is among a group of 12 players tied for sixth place at 3-under 68. She is joined by Paz Echeverria, Belen Mozo, Sarah Kemp, Haru Nomura, Moira Dunn, Jee Young Lee, Kristy McPherson, So Yeon Ryu, Marina Alex, Alejandra Llaneza and Jacqui Concolino.

World No. 1 Stacy Lewis carded a 2-under 69 during her opening round and is one of 16 players sharing 18th. Also among that group is the woman she replaced, Inbee Park.

Wie took the course first and parred her first two holes before rolling in a birdie at the third.

She later converted back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh to reach 3- under, but gave one of those shots back with a bogey at the ninth.

A birdie at the 11th moved her back to minus-3 and after three straight pars, she closed her day with three birdies over her final four holes to claim the clubhouse lead at 6-under.

"I was early off and I just wanted to make a lot of birdies early on," said Wie. "My 6-under today, you know, it's not enough. I need to keep making birdies for the rest of the weekend. Still a lot of work cut out for me."

Park started on the 11th tee and opened her bogey-free round with a birdie. She would par the next six holes before consecutive gains at the 18th and first moved her to 3-under.

Another birdie at the third moved her to minus-4, and she met Wie atop the leaderboard with a pair of birdies at the sixth and seventh.

Park parred her final three holes to finish at 6-under.

"I just keep thinking positive, keep it simple," Park said. "And then I didn't really expect to play well today because last year and this year, pretty different golf condition."

Feng recorded five birdies during her bogey-free round to finish a shot off the pace.

NOTES: Wie holds at least a share of the first-round lead for just the fourth time in her career. She has gone on to win one of her last three ... Park set the tournament record last year at 26-under-par ... Feng is a three-time winner on tour, including two victories last season.

06/05 21:05:58 ET

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