COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Yani Tseng will need a strong weekend rally to win her first U.S. Women’s Open and complete the career grand slam.
With a bogey early Saturday morning in closing her suspended second round, Tseng finished up back-to-back rounds of 73 and sits at 4 over. She was seven shots back when she signed her scorecard.
Gary Gilchrist, her swing coach, could see how Thursday’s afternoon washout hurt Tseng. The world's No. 1 player had to wait until Friday to make her start.
“She was amped up to go on Wednesday,” Gilchrist said. “She wasn’t as relaxed as she could have been. It was hard waiting a day and being in rhythm. You are either in your rhythm or you aren’t, so it was a battle.”
At the first hole of the championship, Tseng slammed an 8-iron 20 feet over the green and made bogey.
“That wasn’t altitude,” her caddie, Jason Hamilton said. “That was adrenaline.”
Tseng found herself 2 over five holes into the championship.
“I think I was just trying too hard,” Tseng said.
Tseng’s putting hasn’t been as sharp as it was early in the week in practice rounds, but she’s managing. Gilchrist said her speed’s been off with the rain changing stimpmeter readings and the nature of the poa annua grass.
“You hear how fast these greens are, and when we got here on Monday, they were fast, but everyday they’ve gotten slower and slower,” Gilchrist said. “It’s a speed thing. Once these poa annua greens slow down, they get less true.”
Despite all this, Tseng’s battled to give herself a chance going into the final two rounds.
“Not bad position, but not very good,” Tseng said. “I still have a very good chance. Just going to go out and have fun and make as many birdies as I can, stay aggressive.”