Taipei, June 6 (CNA) World No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng will be shooting for her sixth career major title this week at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in New York, but will have to overcome some recent struggles to achieve the feat.
Tseng is the tournament's defending champion after running away with last year's LPGA Championship by 10 strokes over Cindy LaCrosse and Morgan Pressel, a win that made her the youngest female golfer in history to win four major titles at 22 years, 4 months and 18 days.
Tseng has won three of the nine LPGA events she has played this year, and finished third in the year's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, one shot out of a playoff.
But she has been frustrated by the way she has played in her last two tournaments, the Sybase Match Play Championship, where she was knocked out in the round of 16, and the ShopRite LPGA Classic, where she finished tied for 12th.
When she needed to make a run on the final day of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, she shot five bogeys on the front nine to take herself out of contention.
Tseng will be paired in the first two rounds of the tournament with red-hot American Stacy Lewis, winner of the last two LPGA stroke-play events and now ranked third in the world, and American Paula Creamer, the world No. 11, according to the Golf Channel.
Her group will tee off at 1:10 p.m. New York time on Thursday and 9:27 a.m. on Friday.
The US$2.5 million tournament, being played at the Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York, just outside of Rochester, opens Thursday.
(By Lung Po-an and Hanna Liu)