Friday October 26, 2012
Inbee leads Yani by two strokes in Taiwan
TAOYUAN (Taiwan): Troubled world No. 1 Tseng Yani drew inspiration from thousands of cheering fans as she carded a five-under 67 to lie two shots off the first-round lead at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship yesterday.
The defending champion, moved to tears this week as she contemplated a seven-month title drought, scored six birdies against a lone bogey to trail South Korea’s in-form Park Inbee by two shots.
Inbee, who has enjoyed 10 top-10 finishes out of 20 tournaments this year, enjoyed a bogey-free round of seven birdies at Sunrise Golf and Country Club in the northern county of Taoyuan.
Nicole Castrale and Danielle Kang of the United States, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum and Park Hee-young of South Korea were tied for third place on four-under 68.
One shot behind on 69 were Paula Creamer and Lizette Salas of the United States, South Korea’s Chella Choi and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, who won last week’s HanaBank Championship in South Korea after a play-off.
Last year, the diminutive Yani, affectionately known as the “Pride of Taiwan” by her home fans, enjoyed her seventh and final win of the season in front of sell-out crowds at the Sunrise event.
But Yani has gone off the boil this year with no wins since March, including 11 straight tournaments without a top-10 finish and three missed cuts, although she finished third last week in South Korea. — AFP