Yani Tseng & Candie Kung tied for 3rd

 (October 21, 2011, Taipei, Taiwan) Spain’s Azahara Munoz and Sweeden’s Anna Nordqvist share the lead at seven-under par after the second round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. The duo holds a two-stroke over Taiwan’s Rolex world ranking number one Yani Tseng and LPGA veteran Candie Kung.

 
While all of the locals’ eyes might have been on Yani Tseng prior to Friday’s second-round, Candie Kung has caused the focus to slightly shift after a stellar four-under par 68. Kung, who is a nine year veteran on the LPGA Tour, notched five birdies and one bogey on Friday to stand two-strokes behind the leaders heading into the weekend.
 
Kung was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan which is located approximately 360 kilometers away from Taipei, Taiwan. Like several LPGA Tour players, Kung made her professional debut on the LPGA Futures Tour where she won the 2001 SBC Futures Tour Championship.
 
Candie Kung has played a big role in Tseng’s development as she serves as her big sister who is always there for support.“She got herself all the attention from her good play,” said Kung. “I'm more like a big sister to her.  She's a good friend of mine, and very happy for her that she actually got to that No. 1 spot and able to keep it there.”
 
Since her rookie season in 2002, Kung has notched four LPGA victories including the last at the 2008 Hana Bank KOLON Championship. This year, Kung has recorded five top-20 finishes including a season best tie for 13th at the U.S. Women’s Open.
 
Meanwhile, world number one Yani struggled with her putter today en route to record 3 birdies against 2 bogeys for 71. She will be paired with Korean Amy Yang and Hee-Won Han in the third round for the 11:40 am group at the 1st hole. Munoz, Kung and Nordqvist will tee off from the 1st tee at 11:50 am. 
 
Munoz played flawless golf on Friday to shoot the low round of the tournament with a six-under par 66. While Munoz recorded one eagle and four bogeys on her round, she knows there is room for improvement heading into the weekend.“I shot much better than yesterday, but I actually didn't play that much better,” said Munoz.  I just had a really slow start yesterday, I was 3?over through 5 and then I played pretty good after that.”
 
Norqvist who is looking to notch first LPGA Tour victory since the 1999 LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex, recorded five birdies and one bogey en route to a second-round four-under par 68. The Swede, who has won twice on the LPGA Tour, contributed good ball striking on a course where hitting the greens is crucial.
 
“The most important thing is to keep the ball in play and try to hit fairways and try to hit greens,” said Nordqvist.  “I hit a lot of greens today, so I think that's one of the keys on this course, especially with the wind out here.”