World No. 1 Yani Tseng tied for first place

 World no. 1 Yani Tseng and World No. 7 Ai Miyazato fired a first-round four-under par 68 to share the lead at the inaugural Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, an event meant to be part of the celebrations of Republic of China's (Taiwan) 100th anniversary. The duo currently holds a one-stroke lead over the trio of Morgan Pressel, Jennifer Song and Anna Nordqvist.

 
 
 
Playing in front of her hometown crowd, Tseng bounced back nicely from a bogey on the first hole to record five birdies including a clutch birdie on her final hole to gain a share of the lead. The first ever LPGA tournament to be held in Taiwan drew a crowd of nearly 12,000 fans on its first day, setting an all-time record for the first round of any golf tournament in Taiwan.
 
 
 
Tseng didn’t leave her fans disappointed as she quickly put her opening bogey behind her. The tied-for-first place finish in the first round leaves her hometown fans excited and wanting for more. In the midst of a stellar season, Tseng’s latest accomplishment came on Tuesday when it was announced she secured her second consecutive Rolex Player of the Year award. 
 
 
 
“It feels really good and thank you to LPGA for announcing it in Taiwan so I can share this honor to all the fans here,” said Tseng. “When I play in the United States, 
 
I don’t feel like I’m alone because I know I have everyone watching on TV here to comfort me.” Yani is set to tee off at 07:50 am on the 10th hole in the second round at the Sunrise Golf & Country Club. 
 
 
 
The normally calm and unshakable Tseng contributed nerves to an uncharacteristic bogey on the opening hole of Friday’s first round. Without missing a beat, Tseng’s
 
true colors began to take center stage as she responded with five birdies to leave her hometown fans on the edge of their seat’s heading into tomorrow’ second round.
 
 
 
“Every shot you have a big crowd, every putt if I don’t make it they always say its okay, you can do it, the next hole you will be fine,” said Tseng. You always
 
have so many supporters no matter how good or bad you play.”
 
 
 
This year alone, Tseng has notched six LPGA Tour victories and became the youngest player, male or female, to win five majors after her win at the RICOH Women’s
 
British Open. Tseng has also held the number one spot in the Rolex Rankings for an unprecedented 35 consecutive weeks.
 
 
 
Looking to secure her second LPGA Tour victory this season, Miyazato battled windy conditions to notch five birdies and one bogey at Sunrise Golf & Country Club.
 
Last year, Miyazato held the coveted number one stop in the Rolex Rankings for 11 weeks and became the first player since 1966 to win consecutive season-opening events with the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand and the HSBC Women’s Championship.