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Defending Champion Yanitees off at 11:00 am in 1st round of Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

Defending Champion Yanitees off at 11:00 am in 1st round of
Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

(Taipei, October24, 2012) Taiwan’s world number one Yani Tseng will start her defense of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship tomorrow at 11:00 am, when she tees offwith Korea’s Na Yeon Choi and Jessica Korda of the US. A world-class field of 78 players will compete for a purse of USD 2 million at the Sunrise G&C.

Yani, coming off a third-place finish at the Hana Bank LPGA Championship last week, said she is feeling relaxed yet excited about playing in the only golf tournament officially sanctioned by the LPGA in Taiwan. “I can’t stop recalling the moment when I walked onto the 18th green in the final round of the tournament last year. The deafening cheering and applause from the hometown crowd was amazing. I can’t wait to re-live that moment.”

US teen sensationLexi Thompson aced the 137-yard par-3 16th hole after her half 9-iron shot sent the ball rolling into the cup in the pro-am tournament today. The hole-in-one came in a bit too early for Lexi as the hole-in-one prize of an Audi A6 Hybrid is only valid for the official tournament rounds.

Formosa TV, the official TV broadcaster of the LPGA Taiwan Championship, will provide live telecast from 12:30 to 17:00 between October 25 and 28. Among the feature parings for R1: 11:10am-Ai Miyazato, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer (hole 1); 11:20am-Se Ri Pak, Suzann Pettersen, So YeonRyu (hole 1); 11:30am-Lexi Thompson, Sandra Gal, Karin Sjodin (hole 1); 11:30am-Michelle Wie, Vicky Hurst, Chella Choi (hole 10).


Yani Tseng (2nd left) and Tournament Honorable Chairman Vincent Siew (middle) have frequent exchanges during their pro-am outing

Yani Tseng and her mom are all dressed up for gala dinner

Lexi Thompson aced the 16th hole in the pro-am tournament