Yani Tseng moved into position to end a long victory drought, she is winless in 36 events, and yearns to win the Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, to add to her 15 LPGA Tour Titles.
Yani Tseng lines up a putt / AP
Yani Tseng shot an amazing -9 under par 63 to top the leaderboard posting a -18 under par total in the LPGA Safeway Classic, a three shot lead. She said it had been a while and was happy for the important birdie putt on the par three 13th to go down;
“It’s been a long time. It’s great to be back in this position again, I was really happy out there. I just love every part of golf out there and really enjoyed every shot. That’s an important putt for me, and I think kind of a little turning point on the back nine. I’ve been working really hard, I want to get back in this position, so I don’t feel any surprise because this is what I’m working hard for.”
Suzann Pettersen is tied for second with Pornanong Phatlum on a -15 under par score. Suzann commented that it was good for Yani to be back in form;
“There’s no one that I’d rather see playing better and playing well than Yani. I know she’s been through a rough patch. She’s too good not to hang tough and be in the game.”
Pornanong reported that her hot putter was not so hot today;
” Maybe the pressure. Today is like slow, and I feel like not comfortable. I’m just OK with my score today, and putting not really good. Just try my best tomorrow.”
Austin Ernst shot a -10 under par 62 to tie the tournament record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2002. In that record breaking round Austin had time to make a bogey, on the 11th.
Austin set the stage for the day as she was the first player on the course. Playing by herself, with a marker, the tour rookie birdied eight of her first 10 holes to flirt with a 59. She finished at – 12 under par overall, and said the fresh greens were a plus factor;
“I hit it really well, but I made a ton of putts. It was pretty easy on myself, greens were fresh. I maybe had two putts on the back nine that I could have made that were 15 feet that I just rolled over the edge. Other than that, I made pretty much everything and got what I could out of the round.”
Reminds me of an old saying “First come, first served.”