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Yani Tseng moves into fourth spot in Hawaii LPGA tourney

2012/04/21 16:44:36

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) World No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan carded a three-under 69 in the third round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Honolulu to take her into fourth spot Friday.

Tseng, who is vying for her fourth victory of the season in the seventh LPGA event, surged to fourth from a tie for 12th a day earlier in the US$1.7 million tournament after finishing the day with a third-round total of six-under 210.

Japanese Ai Miyazato had a third-round of 10-under 206, a three-shot lead over Christie Kerr of the United States and Azahara Munoz of Spain, who tied for second with 207.

A total of 74 players made the cut after the first two rounds, and only two players shot a three-under 69 in the third round -- Tseng and So Yeon Ryu of South Korea.

Tseng's average driving distance reached 283.5 yards on Friday, her best in three days, while her driving accuracy percentage was as high as 78.6 percent, also her best in three days.

Tseng had four birdies and one bogey on the front nine, but managed only one birdie and a bogey on the back nine.

"I played a really solid round today. I made a lot of putts. I had one three-putt on No. 12. Missed a few feet for par. But everything else, I played pretty well," Tseng said.

Looking ahead, she said "I'm still thinking to win."

The golf course was really windy, she said, adding that she will try to "get a couple more birdies back and then try to make birdies on par-5s and be patient tomorrow, and you never know."

Taiwan's Candice Kung carded a one-under 71 with a three-round total of even-par 216 on 28th spot.

(By Lung Po-an and Lilian Wu)