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Tseng leads at Nabisco Championship

2012/03/31 14:28:09

Los Angles, March 30 (CNA) Taiwan's Yani Tseng took the lead with a 4-under 68 in the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California Friday.

The world's top ranked golfer captured two birdies on the 13th and 14th hole, before taking down another birdie on the 18th hole.

Overall, Tseng has scored eight-under 136 since the LPGA event opened Thursday at the Mission Hills Country Club.

Tseng is eyeing her fourth LPGA title of the season. She has clinched three victories in the five events she has participated in this year, including two straight wins at the Founders Cup and KIA Classic.

The 23-year-old Tseng has captured 15 LPGA titles so far, becoming the second youngest player in history to do so.

The Kraft Nabisco Championship, with a total purse of US$2 million, is the first LPGA major of the year and has drawn 48 of the world's top 50 players on the money list. Tseng won in 2010 while Stacy Lewis of the United States is the defending champion.

Amy Yang of South Korea, who led on the first round of the contest, dropped to the seventh place after swinging a 2-above 74 Friday. Another Korean player, Kang Hagi, however, had a good grip, shooting a 4-under 68 in the second round, following Tseng closely with an overall 7-under 137.

Australian golfer Lindsey Wright tied with Ryu So-Yeon of South Korea at third with an overall 6-under 138.

(By Oscar Wu and Elizabeth Hsu)