Pittsford, New York:Cristie Kerr, comforted by a new putter as she battled a head cold, opened with a 6-under 66 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the storm-delayed Wegmans LPGA.
"I'll buy every single putter I ever play with if I can putt like that," Kerr, a nine-time tour winner, said of her 26-putt round at the tree-lined Locust Hill course. "I feel like my game is coming around."
Canada's Alena Sharp, showing steady progress in her third year on tour, ran off seven birdies and two bogeys to shoot 67.
She was one better than Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who is still glowing after capturing her first major title at the LPGA Championship two weeks ago.
"I don't think I'm going to realize it (happened) until the end of the year when it's time to relax and sit back," Pettersen said. "Just want to build on the momentum, try to get the game better and better each day. That'll keep you busy."
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, who won here in 2005, was tied for fourth at 3-under with Brittany Lincicome and South Korea's Kim Mi-hyun.
Defending champion Jang Jeong carded a 71, while 50-year-old Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, who is playing a limited schedule this year, slumped to an 82.
A mid-afternoon thunderstorm stopped play for a little more than two hours. Sandwiched between two majors - the US Women's Open is next week at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, North Carolina - the $1.8 million tournament drew 46 of the top 50 money winners.
Absent was Annika Sorenstam, whose best finish in four tries was second in 1996, and Stacy Prammanasudh, who pulled out Thursday with a thumb injury.