Taiwanese golfer in top spot at Australian Open


TAIPEI–Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng has scored a two-round total of 9-under-par 137 to claim the top spot at the Women’s Australian Open, according to the latest reports from Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. Tseng shot a 6-under-par 67 on Friday in the thunderstorm-interrupted second round of the tournament at Commonwealth Golf Club. South Koreans Ji Eun-hee, who shot 70 in the second round, and Shin Jiyai, who led in the first round but shot 72 in the second round, tied in second spot with two shots behind Tseng. Shin completed her final three holes on Saturday morning, along with 57 other players who were forced off the course when a storm hit the region Friday. Jennifer Song, who shared the first-round lead with Shin, shot 73 and was three strokes behind Tseng. Song tied for fourth place with fellow American Cindy LaCross, with 140. Tseng, who moved up to No. 5 in the world rankings after winning two major titles in 2010, said Saturday she hopes to overtake Shin for the No. 1 ranking this year, according to foreign wire service reports. “I was trying last year but I could not get there,” Tseng said. “This year I think I have a very good chance. “She (Shin) is always on top and very consistent. I never expect she is going to miss any shot. That’s how she is. I think she is a very good player and good for golf too.” Tseng won the LPGA Player of the Year 2010 award, becoming the first golfer from Taiwan to do so. She was also selected as the 2010 Female Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America.