Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/25/12
Inbee Park of South Korea shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over local favorite and top-ranked Yani Tseng after the first round of the Taiwan Championship on Thursday. Park, leading the race for LPGA Tour player of the year, had seven birdies at Sunrise Golf and Country Club. Defending champion Tseng finished the day with six birdies offset by a bogey on the 10th hole. A group of four tied for third at 68: Nicole Castrale and Danielle Kang of the United States, Park Hee-young of South Korea and Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand. Park finished in the top three for six straight tour events, including two wins, until her streak was broken in South Korea last week with a tie for 15th. She leads the tour money list. She credited improved hitting skills and calm on the normally windy Sunrise course for her performance. ''We were expecting a lot of wind, and I was prepared for it. But today it was really calm and a very nice day,'' Park said. ''Last year, I wasn't hitting ...
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