YANGMEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Suzann Pettersen had a hole-in-one and increased her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.
The defending champion aced the 133-yard second hole with a pitching wedge and finished with a 3-under 69 in swirling wind conditions to reach 7 under at Sunrise Golf and Country Club.
The second-ranked Pettersen was the only player in the 78-player field to break par in each round. She has three LPGA Tour victories this year, winning in Portland, Ore., and France in consecutive starts last month, and also won a Ladies European Tour event this year in China.
South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo of South Korea and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda were tied for second. Yoo had a 69, and Ciganda shot 70. Taiwanese star Yani Tseng, the 2011 winner, followed her opening 76 with a 78 to drop 17 strokes back. Winless in 41 LPGA Tour since the 2012 Kia Classic, she has tumbled from first to 25th in the world ranking in seven months.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Kenny Perry birdied five of the first six holes and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship.
The Charles Schwab Cup leader birdied the first three holes, dropped a stroke on the par-3 fourth, then birdied the next two holes. He added birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 15.
Perry won the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive tour starts this summer. He entered the regular-season finale 494 points ahead of second-place Bernhard Langer in the race for a $1 million annuity. The top 30 on the money list Sunday will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Tom Pernice Jr. was a stroke back after a 66. Langer and Anders Forsbrand followed at 67.
Fred Couples, the 2011 winner who missed the event last year because of a back injury, had a quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole en route to a 75.