Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) World No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan began her bid to capture her third consecutive Women's British Open with an even-par round of 72 Thursday that included a rare four-putt.
Tseng was tied with 13 other players, including countrywoman Amy Hung, two shots behind the leaders on a day when nobody was able to really take advantage of the relatively calm weather conditions.
South Korean So Yeon Ryu and Haeji Kang were tied for the first round lead with 2-under 70s at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in the British town of Hoylake.
Tseng started her round on the 10th hole with a birdie but then four-putted on the 11th for a double bogey, typical of the inconsistency that has plagued her during a months-long slump. But it didn't derail her play, or attitude, the rest of the day.
"I'm very happy what I've done, even par, and I know I had a 4-putt on No. 11, but that's it. That's probably the only (place where) I can say I left some (shots) out there," said the 23-year-old Taiwanese golfer.
"But I give it my hundred percent every shot out there. I made 6, but everything I was very happy."
The wind is expected to pick up on Friday and over the weekend in the US$2.75 million event, but Tseng was not concerned.
"It's a four day tournament. You just have to be patient on this tough golf course," she said.
"I will stay with my same strategy because I know the wind can make it very tough, but you have to stick to your routine."
(By Lung Po-an and Kay Liu)