Top-ranked Yani Tseng leads LPGA Founders Cup

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 2-under 70 on Friday to take a one-stroke over five players after the second round of the LPGA Founders Cup.

A day after playing a seven-hole stretch on the back nine in 7 under, the Taiwanese star opened with nine pars on the same nine. She had three birdies and a bogey on her final nine to reach 9-under 135 on another perfect 80-degree day at Wildfire Golf Club.

Second-ranked Na Yeon Choi was second along with fellow South Korean players I.K. Kim and Meena Lee and Japan's Ai Miyazato and Mika Miyazato. Kim had a 66, Lee and Mika Miyazato shot 67, Ai Miyazato had a 68, and Choi shot a 69.

Tseng successfully defended her LPGA Thailand title in February for her 13th LPGA Tour victory. She led the tour last season with seven victories -- including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open -- and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles.