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Yani Tseng defends performance after ending Kraft Nabisco tied for 48th

TAIPEI--Yani Tseng of Taiwan has failed to retain her record of finishing inside the top three that she kept for three consecutive years after shooting a four-round total of 290 to tie for 48th place at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California Sunday.

Tseng, who won the title in 2010 and took second and third places for the last two years, respectively, finished the third round at two-over 74.

The former world No. 1 female golfer had a steady front nine and birdied the par five second hole, but proceeded to bogey the fifth before adding another birdie on the eighth.

She fell to two over for the final round after firing two bogeys and a double bogey on the 12th, 15th and 17th holes, respectively.

The 24-year-old Tseng, who held the top spot for 109 weeks, will see her ranking further slide from the current second to third place in this week's Rolex Rankings as South Korean Inbee Park won the tournament with a 15-under 273.

Park will ascend two places to No. 2 behind Stacy Lewis of the United States, who posted a 72 to finish tied for 32nd.

Speaking of the tournament, Tseng said she was a little disappointed but did not consider herself to be in a slump.

“Maybe people think I do not play as well as I used to only because they place too much emphasis on my past successes,” she said.

“If this was only my second LPGA year, they might say I have played well,” she added.

However, Tseng said she will keep going and will hopefully return to her best form.

Taiwanese player Candie Kung carded a two-over 74, leaving her tied for 69th with a total of 298 after four rounds.

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