MUNICH, Germany Michelle Wie shot a 4-under 68 at the Ladies German Open with about half the field in the clubhouse, trailing leader Nina Reis of Sweden by four strokes.
The 18-year-old American birdied three of the first five holes in the opening round and made par the rest of the way at the Golfpark Gut Haeusern, north of Munich.
"I felt I was a little bit rusty. But I am happy with how I played today," said Wie, who is hoping to gain some confidence after playing only two tournaments in the United States this year.
"I feel I can do a lot. I left a lot out there on the par fives."
It's Wie's first appearance in a full Ladies European Tour field after receiving a sponsor's invitation to play in the event.