Tseng, Miyazato share lead in LPGA Founders Cup

Associated Press Modified: March 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm •  Published: March 17, 2012
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PHOENIX (AP) — Yani Tseng was a lot more concerned about the wind at tight Wildfire Golf Club than rain and cold Sunday in the final round of the LPGA Founders Cup.

"If it's windy on this golf course, it's not easy. I mean the greens are pretty firm and the course is very narrow," said Tseng, tied for the lead with Ai Miyazato after the third round Saturday.

"If it's very windy tomorrow, you just want to keep it on the fairway, be patient all day and play smart. But I love the wind. Raining, it's OK, so it'll cool down a little bit."

Actually, it will cool down at lot. After temperatures in the mid-80s on Thursday and Friday and high 70s Saturday, it is supposed to only get into the mid-50s Sunday and the wind is expected to gust at 25 mph.

"It could be you need to make some birdies out there, but then you need to be really patient, too," Miyazato said. "But it doesn't matter about the weather."

In partly cloudy, breezy conditions Saturday on the desert layout, Miyazato birdied Nos. 14-16 and closed with two pars for a bogey-free 6-under 66 to match Tseng at 14 under. The Japanese player, ranked ninth in the world, has seven LPGA Tour victories.

"Definitely, it was more difficult than yesterday," Miyazato said. "The wind makes more greens firmer, and I did have a long distance because some holes were really down wind. It was difficult to make birdies out there, but I was really patient, and my putting was really good."

Tseng had a chance to take the outright lead on the par-4 18th after hitting to 10 feet out of the right fairway bunker, but her birdie try slid past the left edge. The top-ranked Taiwanese star settled for a 67.

"I was a little disappointed," Tseng said. "I played so good. I hit lots of good drives, and hit lots of good shots, and I missed like three short birdie putts."

Tseng successfully defended her LPGA Thailand title in February for her 13th LPGA Tour victory. She led the tour last season with seven victories — including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open — and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles.