Defending champion Yani trails in-form leader Inbee Park by 4 shots heading into final round of Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

Defending champion Yani trails in-form leader Inbee Park by 4 shots heading into final round of
Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

(Taipei, October27, 2012) Defending champion Yani Tseng shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 today in the third round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, only to see her gap with leader Inbee Park balloon from 2 shots to 4, as Park pulls away from the filed with an impressive tournament record breaking 64 which features one chip-in eagle, one tap-in eagle, 5 birdies against one lone bogey.

Rolex Rankings No. 5 Inbee Park followed up her 65 in the first round with an eye-opening 64 today for a three-round total of 198 (-18), good for a two-shot lead over last week’s LPGA Hana Bank Championship winner Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, who also carded a 66. Park will carry a two-shot lead into the final round as she tries to capture her third victory of the 2012 season.

Inbee Park continues to amaze with her incredible play of late. She even surprised herself with a career-best two eagles in a single tournament round today. “I think today probably was almost perfect for me,” Park said. “I hit the ball great and putted really good today. The condition of the golf course was perfect. I was able to go at every pin and play aggressive.”

Park is looking for her third victory of the season this week. She has already captured the first multi-win season of her career after capturing her second title in Malaysia two weeks ago. But with the way that Park has been striking the ball and continuing her consistent putting, it seems that the other players almost expect her to be near the top of the leaderboard each week.

“when you watch her putting she seems very relaxed and she don't care whether she misses or goes in. Inside 12 feet is like giving putts for her and then for us we're like trying to make that,” Yani Tseng said of Park, who leads the LPGA in putting this season.Yani, who will be seeking her first win in almost 7 months, said she will try to be more aggressive on Sunday and forget about her subpar putting today.

Just one week after capturing her first victory of the 2012 season, 31-year-old Pettersen has put herself in position once again to perhaps take home another title.“Today was another great round of golf,” Pettersen said. “I feel very good today. I think it was all three of us that played pretty good and we kind of managed to keep the momentum going from hole to hole.

On Sunday, Pettersen will be paired in the final group with Park and hometown favorite, Yani Tseng. Pettersen and Tseng are good friends who enjoy competing against each other. Both of them are starting to see their games round into form at the same time and it’s allowed the two of them to push each other. That included a little side wager between the two on Saturday, which Pettersen lost due to the fact that Tseng had an eagle even though they shot identical scores.

“It's good to see her playing good, especially here in Taiwan in front of her own crowd,” Pettersen said of Tseng. “Obviously it’s good for the crowd and the tournament that she's up there, good for the media. I'm happy to see that she's playing better.”

Final round action of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship is scheduled to start from 9:00 am onwards. Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani will be paired with Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen in the last group teeing off at 11:00 am. FTV will provide live TV coverage from 12:30 pm to the conclusion of the award ceremony.

Inbee Park shot two eagles in round 3

Inbee Park of Korea shot a tournament-record 64 in round 3

Yani interacts with little fan of hers in round 3

Yani trails by 4 shots heading into the final round