Stanford has two-shot lead in Singapore

Angela Stanford of the United States shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after Thursday’s opening round of the $1.4 million HSBC Women’s Champions.

Five players were tied for second at 4-under, a stroke ahead of a group of seven at 3-under at Tanah Merah Country Club.

World No. 1 Yani Tseng shot a 71. She’s seeking her second win of the year after her victory at last week’s LPGA Thailand.

Karrie Webb, who won last year’s tournament in Singapore, shot an even par 72. Michelle Wie shot a 7-over 79.

The 63-player field includes 18 of the top 20 in world rankings.