Yani Tseng leads at women's golf Australian Open in second day

12:20, February 05, 2011      

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Defending champion Yani Tseng of Chinese Taipei on Friday leads the field in the second day of women's Australian Open at the Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

In soft rainy conditions, Tseng, who mesmerized her growing legion of Aussie fans with a final-round 66 to win at Commonwealth last year, took advantage of the defenseless course, then declared that she was playing even better than she had last year.

Tseng added a second round 67 to an opening 70 to reach nine under par after the second day.

World No.1 Jiyai Shin is just two shots back at 7-under par through 33 holes, after being forced to leave the course when a severe storm hit Melbourne's south-east suburbs.

Also in contention for the prestigious title at 7-under is South Korean Eun-Hee Ji (69, 70).

"I am excited to be at the top but I know Jiyai Shin (the world No.1 and first round leader on six-under) will be finishing strong," Tseng told The Australian newspaper on Friday.

"I played very solid today and made a few more putts. Because it was raining, I thought it was really tough, so I needed to be very focused today and I was very patient."

American Jennifer Song, another with Korean heritage, is outright fourth at six under after an even-par second round.

Source: Xinhua
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