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Tseng falls to 38th after three rounds in US

KOHLER, Wisconsin--World top-ranked woman golfer Yani Tseng carded a 6-over 78 in the third round of the U.S. Women's Open Saturday, dropping to a tie for 38th with a three-round total 8-over 224, which put her in a more difficult spot to achieve a career grand slam this year.

The Taiwanese native swallowed two double bogeys and three bogeys before stabilizing her game on the back nine, where she bogeyed on the 13th and birdied on the 15th and 16th.

Na Yeon Choi of South Korea, on the other hand, fired eight birdies and only bogeyed one, to take the lead over compatriot Amy Yang by six strokes with a total of 8-under 208.

Tseng admitted that her performance on the front nine was barely satisfactory, in particular her tee shots on the fourth and fifth holes.

"Because of the wind, maybe. I feel I want to hit a driver ... I wasn't feeling as confident as like a driver, so I just hit it and it pushed it right in the rough. I should have probably birdied. I bogeyed there," Tseng was quoted as saying on, as it was much windier at the Blackwolf Run golf course Saturday than on the first two days.

Asked about how to stay focused after having been struggling for the past couple of weeks, she said that "this week I feel way too much better than last couple of weeks. I think my game is on the way — I think it's going to be coming back soon."

The U.S. Women's Open is the only Grand Slam Tseng has not won. The 23-year-old was expected to become the youngest male or female golfer, beating Tiger Woods, to achieve a career grand slam after she stormed to three LPGA victories in her first five events at the beginning of this season.

But she has always struggled at what is likely the most difficult major of the year, with her best finish 10th in 2010.

Tseng told Taiwanese media that her coach said a lot of people hope to achieve what she has accomplished and that she has already done a really good job.

However, Tseng said that if there is a target ahead, it is easy to reach the goal. But she added that she finds it difficult to make progress constantly when there is nothing to follow.

"It requires strong motivation to reach more targets," she said.

"I think it's quite stressful this year. It is hard and I just have to adjust my pace step by step," she said.

"My confidence is not strong enough. I care too much about how other golfers play," Tseng said. "In the past, I only focused on myself, but I have just thought too much and been worried that I am not good enough."

Despite her struggling performance, Tseng's coach, Gary Gilchrist, praised her as outstanding and smart, saying that these attributes are what took her to the world's top spot in such a short period.

She is tired from traveling the world over the past two years, he said, adding that what she needs right now is a really good rest and physical recovery in preparation for the rest of the season.

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