Tseng leads LPGA Championship with 66

Yani Tseng of Taipei, Taiwan acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green during the third round of the LPGA State Farm Classic golf tournament Saturday, June 11, 2011 in Springfield, Ill.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Paula Creamer in the first round of the LPGA Championship.

Meena Lee and Angela Stanford were 4 under, and Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis, Ryann O’Toole, Amy Hung and Hee Young Park were at 3 under.

Defending champion Cristie Kerr, who was ailing with a light case of the flu, shot an even-par 72.

Play was halted in the early evening by a severe thunderstorm with 58 players still on the course.

Tseng, No. 1 in the world, made five birdies on the front nine and three more on the back to go with a pair of bogeys. She recovered from a bad tee shot at the par-4 18th hole that landed in the thick right rough, hit her second shot to 4 feet, and drained the birdie putt for sole possession of the lead.

Tseng won the LPGA State Farm Classic on June 12 for her second victory of the year.

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