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Tseng quickly gets into major groove

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — No matter how hard she tried, Paula Creamer couldn't catch Yani Tseng. Neither could anyone else.

Tseng, the world's top-ranked player, shot 6-under 66 Thursday to take a one-shot lead over Creamer after the first round of the LPGA Championship.

Tseng, at 22 the youngest player to win three majors, made five birdies on the front nine and three more on the back to go with a pair of bogeys as she began her quest for another major championship.

"I tried to put it on the fairways as much as I could," said Tseng, who finished second to Stacy Lewis at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in March, the first major of the year. "When you put it on the fairways, you have more chance to make birdies. The second shot I hit it very good."

Among her eight birdie putts on what was mostly a sunny, calm day at Locust Hill Country Club, none was longer than the 8-footer she made at No. 15. And although Tseng hit only six of 14 fairways, her strength allowed her to hit solid shots out of the thick rough, and she was able to reach 15 of 18 greens in regulation.

Creamer was pumped after a solid first round that matched her best at Locust Hill.

"Normally I shoot myself in the foot after the first day with putting pressure on myself and wanting to do so well," she said. "It's nice to be on the other side going into (today). I just need to keep it going and try to make as many birdies as I can."

Angela Stanford, Meena Lee, Diana D'Alessio and Stacy Prammanasudh were 4 under, and Morgan Pressel led a group of seven another shot back.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 2-over 74.

A brief shower in the late afternoon was followed by a thunderstorm that forced suspension of play for just more than two hours with 58 players on the course. Six players will complete their rounds this morning.

PGA: Michael Bradley had a one-stroke lead when first-round play in the Travelers Championship was suspended for the day in Cromwell, Conn. Bradley was 6 under with two holes left when play was stopped. The course received just more than an inch of rain in the 61/2 hours before play was called for the day around 6 p.m., tour officials said. Only two groups finished the round. Officials hoped to play from 7 a.m. to sunset today and be back on schedule to finish on Sunday. The forecast called for more rain.

Tseng quickly gets into major groove 06/23/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 9:56pm]
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