New York, June 7 (CNA) Yani Tseng trailed behind the leaders of the Wegmans LPGA Championship in New York by seven strokes Thursday after finishing the first round with a 4-over-par 76, earning her a ranking of 80 in the competition.
The 23-year-old Taiwanese golfer shot two birdies and six bogeys in one of her worst performances this season, with an on- fairway rate of 43 percent and an on-green rate of 56 percent.
"I just couldn't hit a shot, couldn't hit on the green, couldn't hit on the fairway," an ESPN report quoted Tseng as saying. "It was really tough for me out there. I was very disappointed. I love the golf course and I know I can have a low score here."
"I know it's a mental problem," said Tseng. "I'm hitting so well on the driving range, and when I get on the first tee there's something wrong."
Tseng's poor showing places her in a precarious situation. If she does not improve her performance in the second round Friday, she could face elimination and be unable to defend her championship title.
However, she is not the only player struggling in the tournament. Only three have managed to pull through the first round with 70 under, and 16 out of 150 finished with scores under par.
The leaders after the first round were Beatriz Recari of Spain, Ryan O' Toole of the United States and Giulia Sergas of Italy, who all tied in first place with 3-under 69.
Candie Kung, also from Taiwan, performed well with a 1-under 71 to tie in 11th place with four other players, including world No. 5 Suzann Petterssen of Norway.
The three-round tournament will run from June 7-10 and has a purse of US$2.5 million.
(By Lung Bo-an and C.J. Lin)