Tseng out front at LPGA Championship

June 24, 2011 at 9:12 PM
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 24 (UPI) -- Yani Tseng survived a double bogey during a round of 70 Friday and held a one-shot lead at the midway point of the LPGA Championship.

Tseng, ranked No. 1 in the world among women golfers, is seeking her second LPGA Championship victory and her fourth major title. She won this event in 2008.

On a Locust Hill Country Club course softened by Thursday's rains, Tseng recorded a 36-hole total of 8-under 136. Pat Hurst was alone in second at 137 following a round of 67.

Morgan Pressel, Minea Blomqvist and Hee Young Park were tied for third at 138. All three shot a 69 Friday.

Paula Creamer, who will defend her U.S. Women's Open title next month in Colorado, was among those in a tie for sixth at 139. Defending champion Cristie Kerr was at 144 in a tie for 38th.

Tseng started on the back nine and got her round going with three straight birdies beginning at the 13th. She double bogeyed the par-4 18th, but came back with two birdies on the front side.

"I feel a little bit disappointed about my round today," Tseng said. "I hung in there, tried my best every shot. I didn't give any shot away, but I missed two very short putts. That's very disappointing."

Tseng, at age 22, would be the youngest player in LPGA Tour history with four major titles. Se Ri Pak, who is a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, won four majors by age 24.

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