Tseng struggles, but regains her old touch
CNATAIPEI--Taiwan's Yani Tseng somewhat regained her previous level of play after carding an even-par 72 on Saturday in the third round of the US$2 million Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.
October 27, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The 24-year-old golfer, who started the day with a two-round total of 10-over 154, enjoyed a smooth start Saturday as the former world No. 1 had two birdies in her first four holes.
However, the local favorite had a rocky ride on the par-4 14th where she had a double-bogey, followed by another bogey on the 16th.
In the back nine, she had two bogies and three birdies to finish the day 10-over for the tournament, leaving her tied for 51st.
“I kind of let the feelings flow, and felt more relaxed,” said Tseng, who finished third on the Taiwan leg of the LPGA Tour last year and won the tournament the year before.
Asked what had happened on the 14th, where she double-bogeyed, Tseng said she chose the wrong club and did not putt well.
On a course she has dominated in the past, Tseng still did not perform very well Saturday, but it was by far the best over the past two rounds, in which she had a 4-over 76 and a 6-over 78, respectively.
“The crowds were amazing. I'm really touched,” she said, adding that despite her poor showing, her fans' support carried her through and pushed her forward.
“My fans did not give up on me, and I do not have the reason to give up on myself,” said Tseng, who received roars from the crowd after carding a birdie on the last hole.
Candie Kung, who finished the day with a three-round total of 4-over after carding a 2-over 74, was tied for 21st, by far the best position of any of the 10 Taiwanese players competing this week at the Sunrise Golf & Country Club.
Kung said the winds continued to give her a hard time, adding that she had bad luck in the third round, especially when she had a double-bogey on the 137-yard par-3 16th with her ball in a water hazard.
“The winds just came all of a sudden,” she recalled, adding that she did not see it coming and made the wrong call.
However, the 32-year-old golfer said she is in a good shape and believed she will have nice results in the tourney.
A total of 78 players are competing in the tournament being held Oct. 24-27 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taoyuan County, northern Taiwan.