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Tseng holds on in LPGA

PHOENIX — Yani Tseng had a blunt assessment of her first nine holes Friday in the LPGA Founders Cup.

"Front nine, it's very sorry," the top-ranked Taiwanese star said.

She opened with nine pars a day after playing a seven-hole stretch on the same nine holes in 7 under.

"I was like, 'Oh, yesterday I make birdie here. How could I make par.' And it was not even close," Tseng said. "A couple holes, I was trying to make safe par, but yesterday it was so easy."

She had three birdies and a bogey on her final nine for 2-under 70, leaving her at 9-under 135, a stroke ahead of five players after the second round.

Second-ranked Na Yeon Choi was second along with fellow South Koreans I.K. Kim and Meena Lee and Japan's Ai Miyazato and Mika Miyazato.

"I'm very satisfied what I did (Friday)," said Choi, who had 69. "The weather is good like yesterday, but I heard (today) and Sunday the weather will be a little cold and windy, so I have to prepare for that."

Kim had 66, Lee and Mika Miyazato shot 67, and Ai Miyazato had 68.

Paula Creamer (68) was two strokes back along with defending champion Karrie Webb (69), Karen Sjodin (68), Inbee Park (69), Jiyai Shin (71) and Hee Young Park (72). Park was tied with Tseng for the first-round lead after shooting 65.

Tampa resident Kristy McPherson shot 65 and was at 138. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (76—145) and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (76—150) missed the cut.

Champions: Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole for 6-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Bobby Clampett and Olin Browne in the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach, Calif.

Tseng holds on in LPGA 03/17/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:02am]

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