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Yani Tseng slides to 52nd after second round of Kraft Nabisco

TAIPEI--Yani Tseng of Taiwan may have played herself out of contention in the year's first major with a three-over 75 in the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, California on Friday.

Tseng finished the day with a three-over 147 after two rounds, 10 shots behind leader Inbee Park of South Korea, whose 67 Friday was the low round of the tournament so far.

Starting from the back nine, Tseng continued to have trouble sinking putts of any length, but two birdies and two bogeys kept her at even par for the tournament after 15 holes.

Then came a disastrous triple bogey on the par-4 7th when she hit her tee shot out of bounds, which suddenly put her within three shots of missing the cut and distanced her further from the top of the leaderboard.

"I was hitting driver, but today because of the downwind I chose the 3-wood, and I didn't pick the shot I wanted to hit. I just kind of pulled to the left. It was this much out of bounds. So it's very unlucky," Tseng said in a post-round interview.

Asked if she would take anything positive from her round, Tseng said, "Just accept that one shot costs three more shots, but everything else is fine. That's just one shot I didn't pick the target.

"But this is golf. I know it's just a fine line. It could be 4-under, it could be 3-over."

Tseng finished the day tied for 52nd with six other players, including fellow Taiwanese Candie Kung at 147, after carding an even-par 72 in the first round that left her tied for 23rd.

Park had sole possession of first place at 7-under, one shot ahead of American Lizette Salas and two ahead of Caroline Hedwall of Sweden and Giulia Sergas of Spain.

Defending champion Sun Young Yoo missed the cut with a two-day total of 153. World No. 1 Stacy Lewis, winner of the 2011 event, was tied at 28th at even par.

Tseng may be far off the pace after her round Friday, but she refused to count herself out.

"I know I can make a bunch of birdies out there and still stay positive. Today is the past, and I'll learn from today, and I won't make the same mistakes tomorrow."

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