PATTAYA - Sweden's Anna Nordqvist fired a sizzling six-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the $1.5 million Honda LPGA Thailand tournament at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya on Thursday. Nordqvist, who admitted she was ready to quit golf last season after a run of disappointing form, returned to the clubhouse with a one shot advantage over American Michelle Wie. A trio of Wie's compatriots, Lexi Thompson, Angela Stanford and Jennifer Johnson were a further stroke back on 68. Stanford's round included a hole-in-one at the eighth. In joint sixth place were world No 2 Suzann Pettersen of Norway, Korea's Ryu So-yeon, Sandra Gal of Germany and Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, who all shot 69s. Nordqvist sank an eagle and six birdies -- marred by two bogeys -- in a round.–AFP