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Yani Tseng 16th after 1st round of Wegmans major

TAIPEI--Taiwan's Yani Tseng scored the first hole-in-one of her professional career Friday in an otherwise uneven start to the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the second major of the year in women's golf.

Tseng shot an even-par 72 in the first round of the US$2.25 million tournament to end up tied for 16th with seven other players, including world No. 1 Inbee Park of South Korea, No. 3 Na Yeon Choi of South Korea and No. 4 Suzann Pettersen of Norway.

They trail first-round leader Chella Choi of South Korea by five shots and American Morgan Pressel and South Korean Jiyai Shin by four.

Currently ranked fifth in the world but without an LPGA Tour victory since March 2012, Tseng carded four bogeys and two birdies on the day, but the highlight was her hole-in-one on the 140-yard par 3 15th, even though she did not see the ball go in the hole.

"After I hit it, I know it was a good shot. But I was just trying to be good distance, and I wasn't thinking it was going to go in the hole. I thought it would be perfect," said Tseng, who shot four holes-in-one as an amateur.

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