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Yani Tseng ranked 24th after first round at ShopRite LPGA Classic

2012/06/02 13:57:53

Taipei, June 2 (CNA) Taiwan's Yani Tseng, the world's No.1 female golfer, tumbled a little on the Bay Course Friday in her attempt to grab her fourth victory of the year, finishing 24th place with a par of 71 in the first round of three at the 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic.

After the first hole, the 23-year-old star's powerful swing was offset by strong wind shears that caused her to record a bogey on the second hole. She made up the loss with a birdie on the third hole.

However, Tseng failed to continue swinging well, scoring a 2-over par and two other bogeys as she moved toward the back nine.

After the shock performance on the first nine holes, Tseng got her grip back a bit, bagging a birdie on the 10th hole, and then another one on the 12th hole to even the score. But the momentum did not last long, as she swallowed her fourth bogey of the day on the 14th hole.

With a birdie on the last hole, her fourth of the day, Tseng wrapped up the round with a score of par.

U.S. golfer Stacy Lewis and Japan's Ai Miyazato shared the lead with a 6-under par of 65, leading Tseng by six strokes.

Taiwan's Amy Hung came in 68th with 3-over par 74, recording three birdies and six bogeys, while Candie Kung, also from Taiwan, finished in 114th place with a 6-over par 77.

The ShopRite LPGA Classic, which is taking place in New Jersey of the United States, is a three-round tournament with a purse totaling US$1.5 million. The winner of the event is entitled to a prize of US$225,000.

In an online vote on the LPGA's official website, 50 percent of voters backed Tseng to win the event.

Tseng has already won three out of five LPGA Tour events so far this year, winning at the Honda LPGA Thailand, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, and the Kia Classic.

The Honda LPGA Thailand victory was her second consecutive win at that event.

(By Lung Puo-an and Elizabeth Hsu)