Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship Saturday: Ya Ni Tseng Makes Her Move

On a windy day when only 17 golfers could manage to shoot par or better at Sunrise Golf & Country Club and as many failed to break 80 as stayed at even par (7), hometown hero Ya Ni Tseng was the only player in the field of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship to break 70.  Her 7-birdie 67 got her to double digits under par and vaulted her into a 2-shot lead on Anna Nordqvist, a 3-shot lead on Azahara Munoz, and a 4-shot lead on Amy Yang and Hee-Won Han.  With Katie Futcher the only other player within 5 shots of the lead and only 8 other players under par, there's a very small lead chase pack with a real shot at denying Tseng a win on her home turf, which would be her 7th on tour this year and 12th in her short LPGA career. 

Lower down the leaderboard, 2 of those even-par rounds I mentioned above belonged to Jennifer Song and Grace Park, who are fighting both for their cards and for entry into the season-ending CME Group Titleholders.  Unfortunately, the winds blew away Candie Kung's chances for her 1st win since 2008, as she blew up with a 77.  However, given that I couldn't finish watching the 3rd-round coverage last night and that clicking on players' scorecards now would reveal to me the final-round results, the only thing left to do is point you toward's 3rd-round notes and interviews.  More after I catch up with the tv coverage!

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