TAIPEI–World No. 1 Yani Tseng was happy to be in a three-way tie for fifth place on the third day of the Women’s Australian Open after shooting a 2-under 71 Saturday. The 23-year-old Taiwanese ace, who is seeking her third consecutive Australian Open title, was slumped to a seven-way tie for 10th place the previous day after scoring a quadruple bogey on the par-4 seventh hole. Her third-day 71 left her at 217 (70, 76, 71), 2-under after three days and two shots behind leader Jessica Korda of the United States.
“I was OK. I missed two short shots and I had two three-putts but everything else was pretty good, pretty consistent. Today was very windy and I finished 2-under so that was better than yesterday,” Tseng said afterward, according to the LPGA’s website.
Tseng started well, with back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes, and only got her first bogey on the fifth. She was consistent on the back nine and had two birdies on the 12th and 18th holes, with a bogey on the 13th. “I just tried to slow down a bit and be patient all the time because these greens, it’s hard to make birdie and easy to make bogey, so you just have to be patient,” Tseng said.
Going into the final round Sunday, she said, she will “play more aggressively.”
Among other players ahead of Tseng, Nikki Campbell of Australia and Ryu So-yeon and Seo Hee Kyung of South Korea were in a three-way tie at 3-under 216.