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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship – Second-Round Notes and Interviews

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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G
Pinnacle Country Club
Rogers, Arkansas

September 10, 2011  

Second-round notes and interviews

 

Yani Tseng -9, Rolex Rankings No. 1
Amy Yang -9, Rolex Rankings No. 24
Stacy Lewis -7, Rolex Rankings No. 11
Inbee Park -7, Rolex Rankings No. 14
Jin Young Pak -7, Rolex Rankings No. 323
Paula Creamer -6, Rolex Rankings No. 9
Azahara Munoz -5, Rolex Rankings No. 43

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng will try to make it back-to-back titles at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G as she is tied for the lead with Amy Yang heading into Sunday’s final round. Tseng and Yang currently sit at 9-under-par and lead by a shot over Taylor Leon.

Tseng had six birdies and two bogeys in her round of 4-under 67 on Saturday at Pinnacle Country Club after shooting a bogey-free 66 on Friday that gave her a share of the first-round lead with Stacy Lewis. Tseng, who started her round on hole No. 10, recorded both of her bogeys in her first nine holes. In between the bogeys, Tseng nearly holed out for an ace on the 160-yard par-3 15th hole where she hit it to two feet and sank the birdie putt. After going even par through her first nine holes, she shot 32 on her back nine to finish in a tie atop the leaderboard.

“I worked on my tempo on the back nine,” Tseng said. “I got a little too fast with my tempo, but I just keep to myself, keep focused, and actually back nine I got really lucky, I had a good bounce on number 8, good bounce on number 4 or 5, and I have a great up‑and‑down on par 3, so those three shots were important to give me 4‑under today.”

Last year Tseng shot a 6-under 65 in the final round of this tournament to capture a come-from-behind victory over second-round leader Michelle Wie, who had entered the day leading by three strokes.

Tseng has won only four of the nine times she has led or co-led entering the final round on the LPGA Tour, but that number is deceptive. She went 0 for 4 to start her career in 2008 and 2009, but since then she’s 4 for 5, her only loss coming at this year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship.

“I think it’s hard to not have pressure because, I mean, for sure I’ve got pressure tomorrow, defending champion and in the lead,” Tseng said. “The kind of thing’s going to be a little pressure, but I just want to enjoy that pressure. I know tomorrow, first couple holes going to be nervous. If I were not nervous, that would be a little weird so I mean, I care. So I think tomorrow, first three holes, I just keep relaxed, try to stay as relaxed as I can and maybe sing a song in my mind and just look around and enjoy the crowd tomorrow.”

Seeking a ‘W’: Co-leader Amy Yang is still in search of her first career LPGA Tour victory but the South Korean is no stranger to going into the last round atop the leader board.

At least year’s LPGA Tour Championship, Yang went into the last day with a one-stroke lead over Maria Hjorth but fired a final-round 74 to finish runner-up. While yang came up one-stroke short last year, she is no stranger to the winner’s circle. A

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