“I’m just staying home nice and relaxed and it makes me feel good,” Miyazato said. “It feels like a hometown.”
She set up her eagle with a 3-wood from 232 yards.
“I kept the round going to the last hole,” Miyazato said. “All the time, I could focus like every single shot.”
South Korea’s Jee Young Lee was second, opening with a 65 in her first tournament since September.
“No golf like two months, and then I come back to Orlando and I train hard,” Lee said. “Work hard and practice hard.”
Candie Kung, Brittany Lang, Gerina Piller and Pornanong Phatlum were three strokes back at 66, and Lexi Thompson, Jiyai Shin, Sandra Gal and Katherine Hull-Kirk shot 67. Shin, her hair dyed orange a year after showing up at the event with a blonde look, won the season-opening Australian Open.
“I didn’t hit the putts on the center of the face at all the whole time,” Kung said. “I have absolutely no idea how those balls went in, but I was able to miss my shot close to the hole. I hit about two shots on the clubface today. ... I just laugh about today. I actually get mad when I hit it solid all day and don’t make a single putt. It’s weird. It’s golf.”
The top-ranked Tseng, riding a 22-event, 50-week winless streak, had a 70 in the featured group with No. 3 Stacy Lewis and Paul Creamer. Lewis opened with a 68, and Creamer, also shaken up in the accident in Thailand, shot 69.
“It was ugly,” said Lewis, the winner in Singapore for her fifth victory in her last 22 tournaments.