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Tseng tied for first in title defense

Yani Tseng, at 9 under at the NW Arkansas Championship, is seeking her fifth victory on the LPGA Tour this season.

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Yani Tseng, at 9 under at the NW Arkansas Championship, is seeking her fifth victory on the LPGA Tour this season.

ROGERS, Ark. — Defending champion Yani Tseng shot 4-under 67 Saturday and Amy Yang had 64 to share the second-round lead in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship at 9-under 142.

The top-ranked Tseng, the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open winner, leads the tour with four victories this season and has seven overall wins this year.

"I think it's hard to not have pressure because, I mean, for sure I've got pressure (today), defending champion and in the lead," Tseng said. "The kind of thing's going to be a little pressure, but I just want to enjoy that pressure. … If I were not nervous, that would be a little weird, so I mean, I care."

Taylor Leon (67) was a stroke back, and former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis (69) was 7 under along with U.S. Solheim Cup teammate Cristie Kerr (66), Inbee Park (65) and Jin Young Pak (68).

Tseng had six birdies and two bogeys on the Pinnacle Country Club course. She played her back nine in 32.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 66 and was tied for 11th at 5 under. Lincicome, the only American to win twice this year, has made every cut. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse shot 67 and was at 3 under, while Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (68) was even.

No return for Ochoa: Former No. 1 Lorena Ochoa, who is six months pregnant and expecting a boy (to be named Pedro) in December, says she has no intention of making a comeback. "I'm not going to return full time, this is a fact," Ochoa, 29, said. "I'd like to play one or two of my favorite tournaments and be on the golf course with people I love."

WALKER CUP: Britain & Ireland won four straight singles matches to hold off a comeback by the United States and take a 7-5 lead going into the final day in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Tseng tied for first in title defense 09/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 10, 2011 9:40pm]
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