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Yani Tseng rises to 5th place in second round of Safeway Classic

2012/08/19 16:39:03

Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's Yani Tseng moved up from 28th to fifth place Saturday after firing a 5-under 67 on the second day of the LPGA Safeway Classic tournament at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon.

The world's top female golfer, who has been battling a slump in her performance over the past two months, was only four strokes behind Japan's Mika Miyazato, who led the tournament with two rounds of 65 and 68 for an 11-under-par total of 133.

Tseng, who broke 70 for the first time since June 2, was praised by the American weekly magazine Golfweek as starting to play like a World No. 1 again.

"I feel I'm getting back. I can get back slowly. I don't have to win this week. I can play well tomorrow and maybe next week I'll win, but you never know," the 23-year-old player was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

"We always learn more from the losing than the winning, so these two couple of months, I really learned a lot and I told myself if I win again, it is going to be the best trophy I ever have," Tseng said in a pre-tournament interview.

Two other Taiwan golfers Amy Hung and Candie Kung took 28th and 34th places, respectively, after the second round.

The three-round, 54-hole Safeway Classic has a 40 year history and a total purse of US$1.5 million. Norwegian ace Suzann Pettersen was the champion in 2011 with a 207 total.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Maia Huang)