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Tseng tumbles to 21st at Canadian Open

TAIPEI--Taiwan's Yani Tseng opened the Canadian Women's Open with a promising 66, raising hopes that perhaps she had emerged from a troubling midseason slump.

Instead, it was clear after Tseng shot a 2-over 74 in the third round of the US$2 million tournament on Saturday that the No. 1 has yet to emerge from her doldrums.

It was Tseng's second-straight round over par after shooting a 75 in Friday's second round and left her at 1-under 215, tied for 21st, seven shots behind leader Lydia Ko of New Zealand.

Tseng continued to be erratic off the tee, hitting only six of 15 fairways, and needed 29 putts in a round in which she made only two birdies against two bogeys and a double bogey.

“I didn't drive well today, but it's so close. There's a few putts that feel like they're going in and then come out. It could be a few shots better,” Tseng was quoted as saying by Xinhua News Agency.

“I don't feel that I have the luck, I just need a little more luck for tomorrow and I think it will be fine.”

South Korean-born Ko, the top-ranked amateur in the world, will head into Sunday's full round with sole possession of the lead at 8-under-par 208. If she holds on, she will become the youngest player ever to win an LPGA Tour title.

American Stacey Lewis and South Koreas Jiyai Shin, Chella Choi and Inbee Park were tied for second one shot behind Ko at 7-under.

Tseng, who dominated women's golf in 2011 with seven LPGA Tour victories and 12 victories worldwide, maintained her momentum at the start of 2012 by winning three of her first five tournaments.

But she has not finished in the top 10 of any stroke-play event since ending in a tie for 10th at the LPGA Lotte Championship in mid- April.

She missed the cut in three of the four events she played before finishing 11th at the Safeway Classic last week, a remarkable number considering that as of the end of 2011, she had missed only three cuts in LPGA tournaments since turning pro in 2007.

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