Taipei, June 10 (CNA) Appearing on the cut line after the first two days of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, Taiwanese Yani Tseng showed improvement, carding 2-over 74 to tie at 59th with a three-round total of 9-over 225, Saturday in New York.
The top-ranked golfer barely made the cut a day earlier. Even though she rebounded slightly and gave the best performance she has had so far this week following a 76 and a 75 in the first two rounds, she still yielded an over-par stroke average and her performance throughout the event this year has been relatively weak by her lofty standards.
The defending champion started Saturday from the back nine, bogeyed at 12th and 13th and birdied at 16th before striking another birdie and two bogeys after making the turn. She hit seven of 14 fairways and needed 30 putts.
Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea, who is eyeing her second major title following her victory in the 2009 U.S Women's Open, took the lead with a total of 4-under 212, chased by Australian veteran Karrie Webb with only one stroke behind and a group of four golfers with a two shot deficit.
The 37-year-old Webb holds 38 LPGA victories, including seven wins at majors.
"I want to have a chance to win," Webb was quoted by AP as saying. "It feels great to have a chance tomorrow."
Meanwhile, Taiwanese Candie Kung, the runner up at the Sybase Match Play Championship in May, was tied at 43rd with 7-over 223 and Amy Hung had a total of 8-over 224 at 53rd.
The 23-year-old Tseng, who dominated with 19-under 269 in 2011, won the US$2.5 million LPGA tournament by 10 strokes last year. But after taking three wins earlier this year, Tseng seems to be struggling.
She finished third, fifth, tied for eighth and tied for 10th in other stroke-play events and tied for ninth at the Sybase Match Play Championship after being eliminated in the round of 16. She wrapped up the ShopRite LPGA Classic at 12th last week.
(By Lung Po-an and Nell Shen)