DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Lotta Wahlin shot a 6-under 66 Wednesday to take the first round lead at the Dubai Ladies Masters, one stroke ahead of Becky Brewerton of Wales.
The 28-year-old Wahlin made a 26-foot birdie putt on the 18th for the lead to go along with six other birdies and one bogey. The Swede is two shots ahead of four other golfers and four shots ahead of Lexi Thompson (70), the 16-year-old American who is the youngster winner on the LPGA Tour.
American Michelle Wie, looking for her first win of the year, was seven shots back after shooting 73. She's tied for 54th in the 108-player field.
Wahlin was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2009 while in Dubai. She only played a few events on the European Ladies Tour last year and several on the Swedish tour.