Disappointing start for Tseng in Sunrise LPGA tournament
CNATAIPEI -- Former world No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan finished the first round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship Thursday in 47th place, with a 4-over-par 76.
October 25, 2013, 12:27 am TWN
“I am a bit disappointed with my performance today,” said Tseng, who finished third in last year's tourney. “I need to be more committed to my shots.”
Tseng, who shot two birdies and six bogeys, said she did not start well because she was pleasantly surprised by the many fans taking pictures of her and got distracted.
The level of local support kept her motivated, however, and the heartwarming experience was the highlight of her first day of play, said the 24-year-old.
Defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway led the pack, firing six birdies and two bogeys for a 4-under-par 68.
The changeable wind direction proved a challenge at the beginning, said Pettersen, adding that she found her form soon enough and fired the shots she needed.
“Today was a good day,” she said. “I am pretty happy with 4 under.”
Karine Icher of France, Alison Walshe and Irene Cho from the United States, as well as Caroline Hedwall from Sweden, all trailed Pettersen by three strokes.
A total of 78 players are competing in the US$2 million tournament being held Oct. 24-27 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taoyuan County, Northern Taiwan.