BELMONT, Mich. — Sandra Gal made six straight birdies on her back nine Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic, while Michelle Wie withdrew because of a wrist injury.
Gal, the 29-year-old German who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2011, birdied Nos. 3-8 and finished with a par on No. 9 for a 6-under 65 at Blythefield Country Club.
Wie was 5 over after nine holes when she pulled out. She fought injuries to both wrists in 2007.
“It just started hurting last week and kept getting worse,” Wie said in the parking lot outside the medical trailer. “It got to the point where I really couldn’t hold a club today. I’m going to try and get an MRI right now and see what my next steps are. I hope I can play next week. So we’ll see.”
The U.S. Women’s Open winner in June for her second victory of the year, Wie said she hoped to be able to play next week in the LPGA Championship — the fourth major championship of the season.
South Korea’s Inbee Park was a stroke behind Gal.
Australia’s Katherine Kirk opened with a 67, and Azahara Munoz was another stroke back along with IIhee Lee, Katy Harris, Gerina Piller, Amy Young and Line Vedel.
Second-ranked Lydia Ko, the 17-year-old star coming off a victory in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, matched Paula Creamer with a 69, and top-ranked Stacy Lewis shot 71.
U.S. Women’s Amateur
Canada’s Henderson wins two matches, advances: In Glen Cove, N.Y., Canadian teen Brooke Mackenzie Henderson advanced to the U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinals Thursday, winning two matches at Nassau Country Club.
The 16-year-old Henderson, the low amateur in the U.S. Women’s Open, beat Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Illinois 4 and 3 in the morning, and topped Dylan Kim of Plano, Texas, 3 and 2 in the third round.
Henderson will face Alison Lee of Valencia, California, on Friday. Lee edged Eimi Koga of Honolulu in 20 holes in the third round.
In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Hannah O’Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Arizona, will play Grace Na of Alameda, California. In the third round, O’Sullivan edged Canada’s Augusta James in 20 holes, and Na beat Lauren Kim of Los Altos, California, 2 up.
In the lower bracket, Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh will play Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas; and Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California, will face South Korea’s Eunjeong Seong.
In the third round, Oh routed defending champion Emma Talley of Princeton, Kentucky, 9 and 8; Gillman beat Casey Danielson of Osceola, Wisconsin, 5 and 3; Andrea Lee topped Jessica Porvasnik of Hinckley, Ohio, 4 and 2; and Seong beat New Zealand’s Liv Cheng in 19 holes.