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Top female golfers tee off at championship in Taiwan

2017/10/19 23:04:42

Lee Min (李旻)

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Taiwanese Yani Tseng (曾雅妮), former world No. 1 female golfer, and several other top players teed off Thursday at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in New Taipei City.

The tourney, with a total prize of US$2.2 million this year, features several of the world's top female players, including Ryu So-yeon of South Korea and young emerging star Brooke Henderson of Canada.

A total of 81 players set off to play a 72-hole tournament over four rounds from Thursday to Sunday at the Miramar Golf and Country Club in the city's Linkou District.

Under drizzling skies on Thursday, Tseng carded a one-over 73 to end the round tied for 23rd place with current world No. 1 Ryu So-yeon.

Despite her strong performance in the first 13 holes, 28-year-old Tseng struggled to stay in the top 10 after getting three consecutive bogeys on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes.

Lee Min (李旻), also from Taiwan, was the best performer among the other local players in the first round games, finishing 2-under 70 to tie fifth with four other players.

"The results today gave me a lot of confidence," Lee said during a press conference after the event.

She added that it has been a tough and stressful season this year, and that she wasn't so sure how she would perform prior to Thursday's round.

Lee, who had recently returned home from a golf tournament in Japan, said she managed to relax a bit after spending a few weeks at home with her family, including her cat.

The Taiwanese player said the tournament in Japan in some ways helped her prepare for the drizzling weather in Taipei on Thursday, because it was held under wet, rainy weather the entire week.

"It just so happened that it gave me the practice (I needed for playing in rainy weather)," she said.

The first of the four-round tournament ended Thursday with South Korean Ji Eun-hee reaching the top of the leaderboard with a score of 6-under 66. She was followed by Megan Khang of the United States, Kim Sei-young of South Korea, and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, all of whom tied for second place with 3-under 69.

(By Lee Chin-Wei and Ko Lin)