TAIPEI–World No. 1 woman golfer, Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, who is vying for her fourth LPGA victory this year, carded a 3-under 69 in the first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Honolulu Wednesday, one stroke behind Beth Bader of the United States.
The top-ranked 23-year-old tied with Jiyai Shin of South Korea, along with Angela Stanford and Brittany Lang, also of the U.S.
At a windy Ko Olina Golf Club, the Taiwanese native shot a four-under 32 with four birdies on the front nine but endured a turbulent back nine when she bogeyed the par-four 10th and 11th holes and only made a birdie at the 13th.
“I hit it in the water on No. 10, so made bogey there,” Tseng was quoted as saying on LPGA.com. “I made another bogey on No. 11 hole, kind of a short hole.”
“On No. 12 I had it tough — I make 12-footer for par, so I think that’s a big turning point for today. If I make another bogey, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” she said.