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Tseng grabs one-stroke lead at Canadian Open


Taiwan’s Yani Tseng hits her ball from the rough between two trees on the first fairway in the first round of the Canadian Women’s Open in Coquitlam, Canada, on Thursday.

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World No. 1 Yani Tseng shot a six-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Canadian Women’s Open.

Emerging from a mid-season slump, the Taiwanese had eight birdies and a double bogey at The Vancouver Golf Club. The Taiwanese star opened the season with victories in three of her first five events, then had a series of missed cuts and poor finishes, before tying for 11th last week in Oregon in the Safeway Classic.

“If I miss a couple shots, I don’t worry about it, not like I did before, so I feel that this is the way I used to play,” Tseng said.

Tseng won a Canadian Women’s Tour event in 2007 on the tree-lined course.

“I wish I didn’t finish today,” Tseng said. “I wish I could keep going — keep playing — but 18 holes are finished. [Friday] is a new day, but I’ll try to keep that momentum going and try to do the best I can.”

Tseng’s compatriot Amy Hung was tied for 16th place after carding a one-under 71.

US Women’s Open champion Choi Na-yeon was in second place after a 67.

The South Korean praised English tutor Greg Morrison for giving her considerable insight into his hometown.

“This is my first trip in Vancouver, but I feel very comfortable, because I heard a lot of things,” Choi said. “I go to a Korean restaurant [for] every meal if I can and [Wednesday] night I found a great restaurant. [It] was just like my mom cooked.”

Lydia Ko, the 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander who won the US Women’s Amateur tournament two weeks ago, was two strokes back on 68, along with South Korea’s Park In-bee.

In January, Ko won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event.

Defending champion Brittany Lincicome opened with a 72.

Michelle Wie, the 2010 champion at St Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba, had a 74.

After three-putting on the final hole, Wie cursed and threw away her putter.

“I tapped in and I missed, and on that last one I didn’t feel too good, but other than that I had a really solid round,” Wie said.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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