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LPGA: Yani Tseng faces losing No. 1 rank

Staff writer, with CNA

Defending tournament champion Yani Tseng hits out of a bunker onto the second green during the first round of the Founders Cup golf tournament on Thursday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Yani Tseng’s (曾雅妮) two-year run as the top-ranked female golfer may come to an end soon, as she was trailing 13 shots behind world No. 3 American Stacy Lewis after the third round of the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix on Saturday.

Tseng shot an even-par 72 in the round, pushing her three-round total to two-under 214, while Lewis was tied at second with a 15-under 201, four strokes behind Ai Miyazato of Japan. World No. 2 Choi Na-yeon was tied at 40th with a seven-under 209.

Tseng has held the top female golfer ranking for 109 consecutive weeks, but has not won in her past 22 LPGA events. She now averages 9.33 ranking points per tournament, while Choi averages 8.71 and Lewis 8.70, according to the latest Women’s World Golf Rankings, if Lewis wins the tournament and Tseng fails to finish in the top two, the 24-year-old Taiwanese could topple from top spot.

Lewis moved up one notch in the rankings after she won the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore earlier this month, taking her sixth career LPGA title.

However, Tseng, the event’s defending champion, said in a recent interview with the Associated Press that she was not worried about losing the top spot, because holding the honor has been “tough and lonely.”

She said she just wants to enjoy each game and try to regain her childhood enthusiasm for the sport.

Her compatriot Candie Kung (龔怡萍), who was tied for third with a six-under 66 after the opening round, was tied for the 18th spot on Saturday with four other players with a total score of 10-under 206.

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