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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.
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Inbee Park of South Korea shot an 8-under 64 to lead the Taiwan Championship by two strokes after the third round on Saturday.
Park had two eagles and five birdies and was at 18-under 198 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club.
Suzann Pettersen of Norway had six birdies in a round of 66 to sit in second place, two shots ahead of local favorite Yani Tseng (66).
Catriona Matthew had...
Inbee Park of South Korea took a two-stroke lead over local favorite and top-ranked Yani Tseng after the first round of the Taiwan Championship on Thursday.
Park, who tops the LPGA Tour money list, had seven birdies at Sunrise Golf and Country Club for a 7-under 65.
Tseng (67) had six birdies but bogeyed the 10th hole.
The group of four tied for third on 68 included Nicole Castrale...
Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 to share a two-stroke lead with Inbee Park of South Korea halfway through the Taiwan Championship on Friday.
They were at 10-under 134 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club.
Defending champion Yani Tseng (69), the local favorite, slipped into a tie for third with Catriona Matthew of Scotland (66).
Pettersen, who won in South Korea last weekend...
Norway's Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to share the second-round lead with South Korea's Inbee Park in the LPGA Taiwan Championship.
The winners the last two weeks in the opening events on the tour's Asian Swing, Pettersen and Park had 10-under 134 totals at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club. Park shot a 69.
Yani Tseng, the top-ranked Taiwanese star who...