Lindberg leads ANA Inspiration; Korda two back

Lexi Thompson

David Cannon Getty Images Lexi Thompson already has two top-10 finishes in four starts this season including a tie for second in the LPGA Thailand

Flawless scoring conditions prevailed as the women's Major season started with low scores with more than half the field shooting par or better at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage.

While some of her peers wonder if last year's ruling adds a little more incentive for Thompson to avenge such an emotional loss, the 2014 ANA Inspiration champion assured questioning media that there is no pit in her stomach as she returns for this week's ANA Inspiration.

Wie got off to a tough start, making two double bogeys and a bogey over her first six holes.

Lindberg, out in the last group of the day off the 10th tee, stole the limelight, gathering seven birdies, including a chip-in at her 15th hole, the par-four sixth.

Dame Laura Davies, who retired after an opening 82 in the Kia Classic last week due to an Achilles injury, had a hard round as she signed for a nine-over-par 81. "The whole day it was pretty steady". Accused of changing too much too soon (she has switched up her clubs, caddie and coach in recent times), there are legitimate concerns about where her career is headed. Depending on the rough, hitting the fairway is key at this course, but being good on the greens is what could vault players to the top of the leaderboard.

Uehara, one shot back, made what could have been a demoralising bogey at her opening hole, but responded well with birdies at the next two.

"I hope to play on the LPGA again, but my mom's more important than myself, is my thinking", Jang said with her typical smile.

She's a flawless 16 for 16, dating back to her tie for 59th at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open.

It's not so long ago that there was genuine surprise any time the New Zealander didn't win every time she pegged it up. The 30-year-old Spaniard has three LPGA Tour victories.

Swiss amateur Albane Valenzuela is a shot off the pace after a 67.

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Korda is relishing golf, and life, after jaw surgery to correct a severe overbite.

The violation occurred on the 17th green in Saturday's third round when, on a one-foot putt, Thompson replaced her ball an inch away from its original position.

"I had the mad spins", Wie said. "I'm just happy the rule changed so nobody else can be put through what I was put through previous year". I wake up, no headaches. I heard them chanting my name on every shot, every tee.

Lindberg - who is yet to taste victory on the LPGA Tour - birdied the last two holes in a blemish-free 65 to create a one-shot advantage over the rest of the field.

But Michelle Wie is in danger of missing the cut after she suffered heat-induced dizzy spells on the front nine during a round of 75. I don't know. It just came about today. But it was interesting.

In fact, she got back on the winning trail just weeks later at May's Kingsmill Championship and followed that up with another title at the Indy Women in Tech championship in September.

"The beginning I had a three-putt, and I kind of played tight", said Uehara, who relaxed as she strung together three birdies around the turn and finished with two straight birdies.

"I've always felt very comfortable here", Recari said.

"I often get the question, favorite tournament, favorite golf course, and I always say this event and this course", Lindberg said.

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