Hoylake, England, Sept. 15 (CNA) World No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan was a respectable 11th after the second round of the Ricoh Women's British Open on Saturday but was still nine shots behind leader Jiyai Shin of South Korea, who shot a blistering 8-under 64.
Staring the day at even par, the two-time defending champion stumbled out of the gate, carding a bogey on each of her first two holes.
She then steadied herself with four birdies and only one bogey over the next eight holes to move to 1-under for the tournament.
But an adventurous double bogey on the 17th hole, in which she landed in two of Hoylake's treacherous sand traps, killed any chance she had of finishing her first two rounds under par.
A birdie on the 18th hole left her at even-par 144 after two consecutive even par rounds.
Tseng told CNA that she was pleased with how she played on the front nine and with her putting, but was disappointed at finding as many sand traps as she did.
She hoped to improve on Sunday, when the final 36 holes are scheduled to be played, and stressed patience was the key on British Open courses.
"When you play your shots, you can't overthink things," she said. "On this course, you may have a really good score or you may have a hole where you hit a lot of strokes. The weather changes often in England, and you have to stay patient and concentrate on every shot."
Because play was canceled Friday due to strong winds, the cut line was reduced from 65 players and ties to 50 players and ties.
Shin, who won the tournament in 2008, finished her second round at 9-under 135, five shots ahead of fellow South Korean Inbee Park.
Taiwan's Amy Hung (2-over) and Candie Kung (5-over) also made the cut in the US$2.75 million event.
(By Jennifer Huang and Maia Huang)