Tseng stretches lead in California

Tseng stretches lead

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 26: Darren Fichardt of South Africa poses with the trophy after winning the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on February 26, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Tseng, who won the Founders Cup in Phoenix last weekend, shared the lead after the first round before striking out on her own for a two-shot lead after the second.

And a round of 69 on the third day in Carlsbad, California, featuring three birdies saw the Taiwanese 23-year-old add another shot to her lead with only South Korea’s Jiyai Shin looking likely to challenge.

"I guess I got some good breaks and I got some bad breaks," said Tseng, who is 12-under for the tournament. "This is golf. Some things are going to happen.

"The green are pretty bumpy," Tseng said. "So when I hit it just straight, it bumped to the right or to the left. I just tried my best, but I was just thinking it was unlucky.

"I kind of feel pretty relaxed," Tseng said. "I was pretty happy. I'm going to go putt a little bit and practice a little bit. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."

Shin enjoyed a mixed round, her seven birdies tempered by three bogeys around the turn as she carded a round of 68 to sit second.

“In California, here they have a lot of Korean people, so they're watching and cheering for me, so it feels like I'm really ready to go when I play,” Shin said. “The last couple years, I played good in this tournament, so I only have good memories."

The best round of the day came from Shin’s compatriot Sun Young Yoo, who recorded five birdies on her way to a 67 that saw her move into a share of third place alongside Caroline Hedwall.

Si Re Pak, who shared the lead with Tseng after the first round, is a further shot back in fourth while Inbee Park, Chella Choi, Jodi Ewart and Alison Walshe share sixth place on four-under par 212.

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