Fayetteville (Arkansas): Top-ranked Yani Tseng says she is feeling just the right combination of nerves and confidence as she seeks to defend her title at the LPGA Tour`s NW Arkansas Championship.
The 22-year-old from Taiwan is the co-leader at the $2 million event after firing a four-under 67 in the second round on Saturday to reach a nine-under 133 total.
"I think it`s hard to not have pressure because, I mean, for sure I`ve got pressure tomorrow, defending champion and in the lead," said Tseng, heading into Sunday`s final round of the 54-hole event.
"There is going to be a little pressure, but I just want to enjoy that pressure. I know tomorrow, first couple of holes are going to be nervous. If I were not nervous, that would be a little weird. So I care."
Tseng, who has won four LPGA events this year, shares the lead with South Korea`s Amy Yang who shot a 64 on the Pinnacle Country Club course.
Taylor Leon (67) is a stroke back, and Stacy Lewis (69) is seven-under along with US compatriot Cristie Kerr (66), Park In-Bee (65) and Jin Young-Pak (68).
Tseng, the LPGA Championship and Women`s British Open winner, finished with a half dozen birdies and two bogeys, nearly acing the 160-yard 15th hole. She shot a 32 on the back nine.
"I worked on my tempo on the back nine," Tseng said. "I got a little too fast with my tempo, but I just keep to myself, keep focused, and actually back nine I got really lucky.”
"I had a good bounce on No. 8, good bounce on No. 4 or 5, and I have a great up and down on par three, so those three shots were important."
Yang, who is winless on the LPGA Tour, made eagle on the par-five seventh.
"Everything was good today," Yang said. "I was hitting the ball solid and hitting the putts solid. You know, from tee to green, I was playing good. I`m really happy about my game."
American Lewis rolled in four birdies and is just two shots adrift of the leaders.
"I was kind of frustrated," Lewis said. "I left a lot of putts out there. My speed was just a little off and my lines were a little off, but still it was a good enough round that it kept me in it for tomorrow."
Michelle Wie missed the cut as she failed to fight back from a seven-over 78 in her opening round.