Pettersen still on top while Tseng struggles on Day 2 of tournament
CNATAIPEI--World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen extended her lead yesterday at the US$2 million Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship after figuring out unpredictable winds enough to shoot her second sub-70 round in a row.
October 26, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
But for Taiwan's Yani Tseng, it was another punishing day that sent her plunging down the leaderboard.
Starting the day with a three-shot lead after a 4-under 68 in the first round on Thursday, Pettersen remained steady on Friday, scoring an eagle on a hole-in-one, two birdies and one bogey to finish with a round of 69 and a two-day total of 7-under 137.
The Norwegian won a bonus of US$10,000 for her hole-in-one on the 172-yard par 3, which hit very close to the hole before trickling in and drew a huge roar from the crowd.
Pettersen has won three out of 20 LPGA tournaments she has played this year, and if she can win the Taiwan tourney, it will narrow the gap between her and world No. 1 Inbee Park of South Korea.
The Norwegian has been so dominant the first two days that she is only one of five players to be under par after the first two rounds and has a five-shot lead over her nearest pursuers, Carlota Ciganda of Spain and Sun Young Yoo of South Korea.
The shifting winds gave all players a hard time, including former world No. 1 Tseng, who could not figure out what exactly had gone wrong after carding a 6-over 78 Friday.
The 24-year-old golfer had six bogeys and no birdies on a course she has dominated in the past to finish the day 10-over for the tournament, leaving her tied for 62nd.
Candie Kung finished the day tied for 13th with a two-round total of 2-over after carding a 1-over 73, by far the best position of any of the 10 Taiwanese players competing this week at the Sunrise Golf & Country Club.