Tseng tries to shake slump after hot start


World No. 1 Yani Tseng will take some positive momentum into the weekend at the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship, but she has a lot of work left if she’s going to defend her title in Incheon, South Korea, and claim her first victory in seven months.

Tseng birdied three of the last five holes Friday to shoot a 2-under-par 70, but she’s chasing a red-hot player. Suzann Pettersen (68) moved to 13 under and takes a five-shot lead on South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu (70) into the third round. Tseng is six back and tied for third along with South Korean icon Se Ri Pak (67) and Sandra Gal (68). Lexi Thompson (68) is the top American at seven shots back.

Tseng, looking to shake a slump, is off to her fastest start since opening with a pair of 68s at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in late March.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow and just want to relax and have the same strategy as today,” Tseng told media afterward.

Asked what a win would mean, Tseng said: “Maybe ask me tomorrow, and I’ll let you know.”