Wie aces her way to Canadian Open lead

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Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Michelle Wie aced the par-three 11th hole on Thursday en route to a seven-under 65 and the first-round lead of the Canadian Women's Open.

"It was a fun day out there today, it was a good pairing," said Wie. "Just went out there and tried to have fun. Obviously it worked out well for me on 11. But it was pretty cool."

Already three-under on her round, Wie hit a five-iron at the 183-yard, par- three 11th. The ball landed on the putting surface and rolled in for her second ace in tournament action.

"It was the first time I had actually seen it go in in a tournament," admitted Wie. "It was pretty cool. It was surreal. I didn't believe it actually happened.

"They make that sound like it's going to go in and make that noise and everyone's hands go up. It was pretty crazy."

Wie's hole-in-one wasn't her only heroics on Thursday. She holed out from a bunker at the par-four 17th that got her to seven-under par for the championship.

"It just was an uphill lie, uphill to the green, and I just really thought I could make it, and I went up there, really thought about it, just trusted it, and kind of did what I thought it would do," said Wie.

Sarah Kemp posted a four-under 68 and is alone in second place at St. Charles Country Club.

Defending champion Suzann Pettersen, who won this title last year at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club, carded a three-under 69 and is alone in third place at minus-three.

"It was windy out there today," said Pettersen. "It was a little different wind than the practice rounds and the pro-am, but hit the ball pretty good, made my fair share of putts, and I mean, I think I hit 17 greens, so that was pretty good."

Wind aside, Thursday's story was Wie.

She collected her first birdie at the par-four third and added back-to-back birdies at five and six to get to three-under par.

Wie parred the next four around the turn, then recorded her ace at 11 to take the lead at minus-five. She bogeyed the next hole, but went on another mini- run to grab the lead.

She rattled off back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th, both par fives, and found herself two strokes clear at six-under par. Wie's hole-out birdie at 17 padded her cushion, and she took the first-round lead for the first time since her days as an amateur at the 2005 U.S. Women's Open.

"It's been a long time ago. It's pretty cool, you know, but it means nothing, really," said Wie. "Today is over and done with. We still have three more days of the tournament, so I've just really got to focus and try to play better every day."

Jiyai Shin, Jane Park, Meredith Duncan, Pernilla Lindberg, Ilhee Lee, Kristy McPherson, Karen Stupples and Amy Hung are knotted in fourth place at two- under 70.

NOTES: World No. 1 Ai Miyazato struggled to a two-over 74 and is tied for 63rd place...Cristie Kerr, who was No. 1 two weeks ago, was a stroke worse with a three-over 75...Shi Hyun Ahn and Ilmi Chung were disqualified on Thursday.

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