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Tseng eliminated in Arkansas, loses title shot

TAIPEI--The world's top ranked female golfer Yani Tseng was eliminated Saturday at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and lost her chance to defend the title, after firing a two-day total of 147.

The two-time defending champion started the first round with 73 and finished the second round with a 3-over 74 after one birdie, one double bogey and two bogeys.

Tseng was among the players who shot over 143 and ranked below 60th. They were unable to advance to the third round of the event, which carries a total prize of US$2 million.

Tseng was the first Taiwanese to have the chance to defend the title for the second consecutive time at the event. She won the Arkansas championship in 2010 with a three-round total of 13-under 200, and in 2011 with 12-under 201.

However, her recent performance has not been on par with her form earlier this year, when she stormed to three LPGA victories.

Even though Tseng finished in the top 10 in the eight events she has participated in this year, she wrapped up her latest two competitions at 12th and 59th.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese Candie Kung, who won three LPGA events in 2003, shot 69 to finish tied at 27th with 140 in two rounds, while Amy Hung was eliminated after shooting a two-round total of 151.

Vernoica Felibert of Venezuela, ranked No. 723, outshone the top golfers at the event to take the lead with a total of 131.

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