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Tseng tied for 7th after first round in Singapore

SINGAPORE -- Taiwan's Yani Tseng yesterday shot a 4-under 68 to tie for 7th place in the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore, finishing the day with an eagle at the par-5 18th.

Candie Kung, also from Taiwan, finished tied for 11th with 69.

Tseng said she got herself motivated by making a lighthearted bet with her manager on the outcome.

“I told her a 69 is a tie and 68 I win. Her bet was for a Louis Vuitton bag and if I win, she will go skydiving with me in Hawaii,” Tseng told reporters.

“When that (final) putt dropped, I was so happy ... (And) I saw her face, I thought she was going to cry, so I think that's very good motivation,” Tseng quipped.

Earlier, as the US$1.4 million tournament got under way at the Serapong Course of the Sentosa Golf Club, Tseng said that her goal is to “do my best and enjoy the process without thinking too much” about the outcome. She has yet to win the HSBC trophy after three tries in as many years.

The 24-year-old world No. 1 carded three birdies and one bogey over the first seven holes before parring the next 10.

She finished in fine style with a 25-foot downhill putt for an eagle, giving her a big leap on the leaderboard to tie with Chella Choi, Danielle Kang and Paula Creamer.

Spain's Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 to take the lead by herself.

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