First-round 68 gives her tie for lead in Women’s British
Tani Tseng fires a 4-under 68 to tie for the lead in the Women’s British Open
SOUTHPORT, England — Yani Tseng shot a 4-underpar 68 in the opening round of the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday, and is tied for the lead as she pursues her third major championship.
The rising star from Taiwan shot a bogey-free round that included a birdie and an eagle on the two finishing holes, putting her in a tie for the lead with Katherine Hull of Australia.
“I played really, really solid. I hit all greens but one and I putted pretty well,” said Tseng, who has won the Kraft Nabisco Championship this season to go with the LPGA Championship she won in 2008.
Hull was among the last players on the course and also made an eagle on the 18th hole to join Tseng at 4 under. Hull dropped a stroke at the fourth hole before rattling off three birdies in a four-hole stretch beginning at No. 7.
Brittany Lincicome is the top American and part of a four-way group at 69.
Other U.S. notables: Michelle Wie, 70; Julie Inkster, 71; LPGA champion Christie Kerr, 73 and U.S. Open champ Paula Creamer, 74.
Australia’s Katherine Hull celebrates with caddie Vern Tess after making an eagle at the 18th hole, giving her a share of the first-round lead.