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Yani Tseng leads with opening 66
June 24, 2011

Top-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Paula Creamer in the rain-interrupted first round of the LPGA Championship.

Angela Stanford, Meena Lee, Diana D’Alessio and Stacy Prammanasudh were 4 under, and Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis, Ryann O’Toole, Amy Hung, Minea Blomqvist and Hee Young Park were 3 under.

Defending champion Cristie Kerr, who was playing with a slight case of the flu, shot an even-par 72.

Tseng made five birdies on the front nine and three more on the back to go with a pair of bogeys. She recovered from a poor tee shot at the par-4 18th hole that landed in the thick right rough, hit her second shot to 4 feet, and drained the birdie putt for sole possession of the lead.

Tseng won the LPGA State Farm Classic on June 12 for her second victory of the year.

Play was halted for just over 2 hours in the early evening by a severe thunderstorm and six players failed to finish the round. They will complete their rounds Friday morning.



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