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Yani Tseng falls to 12th in LPGA tourney in Hawaii

2012/04/20 18:43:31

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Taiwan's Yani Tseng, the world's top-ranked female golfer, slid down the leaderboard after carding an even-par 72 in the second round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Honolulu Thursday.

Tseng, who is vying for her fourth victory in seven LPGA events this year, dropped from a tie for second to a tie for 12th in the US$1.7 million tournament after finishing the day with a two-round total of 3-under 141.

The top-ranked 23-year-old is tied with five other players five strokes behind leaders Azahara Munoz of Spain and Ai Miyazato of Japan, who both shot blistering second rounds despite strong gusts of wind throughout the day.

Munoz tied her career-low round of 8-under-par and Miyazato tied her season-low round of 7-under to vault themselves to the front of the pack.

"I had really solid...putts, and I hit the ball well and I didn't miss any fairways today. So my short game was actually really good, too," Miyazato was quoted as saying by the Sports Network.

First round leader Beth Bader of the United States carded a 5-over 77 to drop into a tie for 41st with Taiwan's Candie Kung and five others.

Taiwan's Amy Hung and Michelle Wei missed the cut with two-round totals of 12-over 156 and 10-over 154, respectively.

(By Lung Po-an and Jamie Wang)