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Tseng sits atop crowded leaderboard at Founders

NOT AS EASY:The world No. 1 was unable to repeat her masterful opening-round performance on the back nine, but a solid effort kept her one stroke in front of the field

AFP, PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Yani Tseng of Taiwan waves to the gallery on the 15th hole during the second round of the Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday.

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World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan fired a two-under 70 on Friday to grab a one-shot lead over five players, as the second round of the LPGA Founders Cup produced a logjam near the top of the leaderboard.

A day after she played one stretch of seven holes in seven-under, Tseng delivered a more sedate round of three birdies and one bogey on the Wildfire Golf Club course.

After teeing off on 10, she parred her way through the back nine — the same stretch where she caught fire on Thursday — making her first birdie of the day at the par-four first.

“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.”

After her only bogey of the day at the par-three sixth, the Taiwanese star birdied seven and eight.

“I played really well today. I made lots of good shots, good drives, but I just didn’t make enough putts,” Tseng said. “But had a good stroke. Some of it was really hard to read, but it’s good I make good stroke instead of bad stroke. So I enjoy out there. It’s good to play in the morning. It’s not too hot.”

Tseng, coming off a mammoth season last year that included 12 global titles — seven of them on the LPGA tour and two of them at major championships — last month defended her LPGA title in Thailand.

Tseng said she had a lot of work left to do, but she was happy with her game and looking forward to the weekend.

“The next two days are very important, but I will keep the same strategy, be aggressive and try to make more birdies as I can and play smart, and two more days to come,” she said.

Meanwhile, her Taiwanese compatriots Amy Hung and Candie Kung failed to make the cut, set at even-par. Kung shot a second-round 76 to finish with a two-day total of seven-over 151, while Hung carded a 75 on Friday to finish at 10-over 154.

South Korea’s world No. 2 Choi Na-yeon carded a 69 to head the group on 136.

She was joined by South Korea’s I.K. Kim, who climbed up the leaderboard with a 66 and compatriot Meena Lee, who carded a 67. Japan’s Mika Miyazato posted a 67 and compatriot Ai Miyazato a 68 to complete the group sharing second.

“I’m very satisfied what I did today,” Choi said. “The weather is good like yesterday, but I heard tomorrow and Sunday the weather will be a little cold and windy, so I have to prepare for that. I think I’m in good position right now, but I have two more rounds.”

Defending champion Karrie Webb of Australia carded a 69 and was among a group of six players lying two shots off the pace on 137 that also included former world No. 1 Shin Ji-yai (71). Another half-dozen players were on 138.

Additional reporting by Staff writer

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