MELBOURNE, Australia – Defending champion Yani Tseng shot a 6-under-par 67 to take a two-stroke lead at the storm-interrupted second round of the Women’s Australian Open on Saturday.
Tseng was at 9-under 137 at Commonwealth Golf Club. South Koreans Ji Eun-hee, who shot 70, and No. 1 Jiyan Shin (72) were two shots back.
Shin completed her final three holes of the first round Saturday morning along with 57 other players who were forced off the course when a thunderstorm hit the area Friday.
Jennifer Song, who shared the first-round lead with Shin, shot 73 and was three shots behind Tseng and tied for fourth with fellow American Cindy LaCrosse. LaCrosse, who shot 68, was also among those completing their rounds Saturday morning.
Karrie Webb, who has won the tournament four times, finished her 71 on Saturday and was at 143. Veteran Laura Davies shot 76 Friday and was 12 shots behind Tseng.
Tseng, who moved up to No. 5 in the world rankings after winning two major titles in 2010, hopes to overtake Shin for the No. 1 ranking this year.
“I was trying last year but I could not get there,” Tseng said. “This year I think I have a very good chance.
“She is always on top and very consistent. I never expect she is going to miss any shot. That’s how she is. I think she is a very good player and good for golf too.”