Taipei, June 3 (CNA) Top-ranked female golfer Yani Tseng recovered from a mediocre first round and carded six birdies on the second day of the ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey Saturday to move into a tie for seventh, eight shots behind leader Stacy Lewis of the United States.
Heading into the second round tied for 24th after shooting an even-par 71 on Friday, the Taiwanese star fired three birdies on the first three holes and then scored another three birdies against two bogeys the rest of the round for a 4-under 67.
"I make more putts today. Yesterday I didn't make any, but I still played a really good solid round yesterday, but finished even," the 23-year-old was quoted as saying on LPGA.com.
"But today I hit the shots better also and I just make a lots of putts, and I had one three-putt like hitting the second shot in from 50 yards, so that was kind of a disappointing hole for me," she said.
Ahead of Sunday's final round, Tseng was tied for seventh at 138 with Hee-Won Han of South Korea, Mika Miyazato of Japan and Mariajo Uribe of Colombia, just two shots behind second-place Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and one shot behind a group of four golfers.
Though Lewis has a commanding lead and it is the American's tournament to lose, Tseng said she would still do everything she could to give herself a chance in the final round of the US$1.5 million event.
"You never know, this course has got some par-5s reachable for me and maybe a couple of putts tomorrow and maybe a 65 round, I maybe have a chance," she said.
Coming off a 12-win season worldwide in 2011, Tseng would be hard-pressed to match or improve on that record. But she said one of her goals this year will be to finish in the top 10 in every tournament she competes in.
"Last year even I had 12 wins, but my score was still very up and down. I had a lot of finishing 30, 40, 50, so this year our team and me set a goal let's try to make the Top 10 every week," she said.
"But I still expect to win every week.... If I don't win, then hopefully just finish Top 10. So that's kind of our goal to make sure everything, my skill, my mental, my physical, everything ready for the tournament."
In eight starts on the LPGA tour so far this year, Tseng has won three times, and has finished third, fifth, tied for eight and tied for 10th.
Her only relatively poor finish was when she was eliminated in the third round of the Sybase Match Play Championship in mid-May.
(By Lee Yu-cheng and Nell Shen)