Tseng plunges from leaderboard

By Andrea Petrie

World No.1 golfer Yani Tseng has plunged from the leaderboard at Royal Melbourne during the second round of the Women’s Australian Open.

Tseng, who is hoping to take out the tournament for the third successive year, began her day just a stroke off the leaders.

She birdied two of her first three holes but then she struck a disastrous patch, bogeying the fifth, followed by a four-over-par eight at the seventh and another bogey at the eighth hole.

But US Open champ So Yeon Ryu shot 69 for her second round to take the lead at six-under. She said she felt comfortable out there despite it being a tough course.

Korean Hee Kyung Seo scored 66 for the day to put her in outright second at five-under for the tournament.

“I know it is not an easy course so I was nervous,” she said. “But I trust myself and I trust my caddie and try to come in on my target. My routine worked and I am very happy today.”

Meanwhile, Sandra Gai, Julieta Granada, Stacey Lewis and Melissa Reid are all tied in third place at four under.

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