Suzann Pettersenshares half way lead withInbee Park Yani Tseng lurks at 2 shots back

Suzann Pettersenshares half way lead withInbee Park
Yani Tseng lurks at 2 shots back

(Taipei, October26, 2012) Suzann Pettersen, who just came off a playoff win in LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Korea last Sunday, hit all cylinders en route to a bogey-free round of 65 for a two-round total of 134 (-10) and a share of the half-way lead with opening round leader Korea’s Inbee Park in the USD 2 million Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng carded 4 birdies against one bogey to close at 69 and a tie for the third place with Catriona Matthew of the US at 136.

Yani had some problems with her iron shot distance today as birdies became harder to come by. However, the amazing 20-foot putt to save par on the 17th green not only drove the 6,500+ fans crazy, but gave Yani a timely confidence boost.

Yani saved the best for last when she followed up Inbee’s near eagle approach shot from the fairway with an incredible shot that almost hit Inbee’sball near the pin at the par-5 18th hole. Both tapped in for birdie to draw the loudest cheer from the crowd all day. “The crowd goes like crazy. It was like it just make me goose bumps, and I thought my ball was in, but it's not, because it just sounds like my ball was in,” Tseng said.

Pettersen continued her hot play of late, firing a 7-under 65 in sunny windless conditions at the usually windy Sunrise G&C to tie the 18-hole tournament record. Park, who had also tied the course record in the first round, followed up her impressive opening round with a 3-under 69 which was highlighted by a near hole-out for eagle on the 18th.

The last time that Suzann Pettersen won events in consecutive weeks it was back in October of 2007 when she took home trophies in Korea and then in Thailand. The 10-year LPGA pro is now trying to see if she can deliver a similar magic stretch in the only golf tournament sanctioned by LPGA in Taiwan.

“I played really solid on the Front 9,” Pettersen said. “When I made the turn, I figured it's time to kind of shift to the fifth gear, and it's nice when the body reacts to your kind of mind game, and really just tried to stay aggressive and firing at the pins.”

Even when overnight leader InbeePark was nowhere near as sharp as she was in the first round, she still managed an impressive 69 for a share of the lead. Park birdied four straight holes to close out her front nine and then hung in on the back nine, following up a bogey on 17 with a birdie on the 18th. It continued what has been a remarkable few months for Park, who has shot in the 60s in 24 of her last 39 rounds on the LPGA Tour.

“I wasn't really comfortable with the putter after missing two short putts early in the round, so I just needed the putt on the 6th hole to fall, and that fell and just gave me a lot of confidence after that. I hit a couple shots close after that. Four birdies in a row was the highlight of the day today,” said Park who is LPGA’s leading putter and leader on the money list this season.

Third round action of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship is scheduled to start from 9:10 am onwards. Yani will be paired with Alison Walsh of the US and Azahara Munoz of Spain in the next-to-last group starting at 11:00 am, followed by Park, Matthew and Pettersen at 11:10 am. FTV will provide live TV coverage from 12:30 pm to 17:00 pm.

Both Yani Tseng (right) and Inbee Park (2nd from right) almost holed out for eagle at 18th hole

Pettersen fires a 7-under 65 to tie for the lead with Inbee Park

Yani Tseng reacts after missing a birdie putt