Tseng, Park top LPGA Founders Cup leaderboard

JOHN NICHOLSON AP Sports Writer Published:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Top-ranked Yani Tseng played a seven-hole stretch on the back nine in 7 under and finished with a 7-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Hee Young Park in the LPGA Founders Cup.

Tseng birdied the par-5 11th, par-4 13th and par-3 14th, eagled the par-5 15th, and birdied the par-4 16th and par-3 17th. She had a 4-foot try for another birdie on the par-4 18th, but pulled her putt just left.

Park closed with a bogey on the par-4 ninth for her 65.

Jiyai Shin opened with a 66, and second-ranked Na Yeon Choi was another shot back along with Karen Stupples, Pernilla Lindberg and Hee Kyung Seo in the tour's first U.S. event of the year after stops in Australia, Thailand and Singapore.