Starting her round at the 10th hole of the Senotasa Golf Club’s Tanjong Course, Oh was cruising after pars at her opening two holes but quickly entered the fray with the eagle.
Two more birdies on the inward nine saw her sign for a 4-under 68, three off the pace set by American Jennifer Song and in a logjam of nine players sharing fourth place.
Song was blemish free in her 7-under 65, a 5-under front nine finished off nicely with a 2-under inward run despite a nearly two hour weather delay.
Threats of lightning saw players called from the course just before 2pm local time and play wasn’t resumed until shortly before 4pm.
That didn’t seem to bother Song, however, who told the LPGA’s website that even when she found herself in trouble it was no problem.
“I just kept it going and then I had a little bit of trouble here and there, and I managed to save it, so I think that just kept me going,” she said.
“I’ll just take that score any day.”
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For much of the day the lead belonged to 2014 US Women’s Open winner Michelle Wie who also carded seven birdies in her round but gave back two shots.
Wie is clearly more comfortable on Sentosa’s second course which is hosting for the second time after four years on the Serapong layout.
A T4 finish last year was her best in the tournament and she is looking to keep that going this week.
“I like the golf course,” Wie said when asked the key to her good play the past two years.
“The people are really supportive but it’s a great vibe here. HSBC does a great job of hosting us and making us feel really welcome so I’m enjoying myself a lot.”
Eun Hi Jee matched Wie’s 67 to share second while Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn and Danielle Kang are among those alongside Oh at 4-under.
Minjee Lee is the only other Australian in red figures after posting a 1-under 71 to share 27th alongside Lydia Ko, Katherine Kirk and Sarah Jane Smith at 2-over and 3-over respectively.
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