5 storylines to watch

An updated look at the storylines for the $1.5 million, 54-hole ShopRite LPGA Classic:

Can Tseng continue her dominance?

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Yani Tseng, the world's No. 1 women's player, won three of the LPGA's first five tournaments this year. Her last victory came March 26 at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. Tseng was troubled by putting woes at the Sybase Match Play Championship two weeks ago and lost in the third round.

Update: Tseng got off to a rough start Friday. The putting woes that plagued her at the Sybase Match Play Championship continued. She is tied for 22nd after shooting an even-par 71.

Can past Classic champions succeed again?

The field features six players - Janice Moodie (2000), Seon Hwa Lee (2006), Cristie Kerr (2004), Angela Stanford (2003), Ai Miyazato (2010) and Brittany Lincicome (2011) - who have won the Classic.

Update: Lee and Miyazato enjoyed the best opening rounds of the former champions, shooting 1-under par 70s. Moodie, Stanford and Tseng all shot even-par 71s. Lincicome was one stroke back at 1-over par 72, followed by Kerr at 2-over par 73.

Can Michelle Wie find her game?

Once billed as the future of women's golf, Michelle Wie, 22, has struggled in 2012. She has missed three straight cuts and her best finish is a tie for 38th at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Update: Wie struggled with putting and shot a 7-over par 78. She will need a major turnaround today to make the cut.

Americans to watch

Stacy Lewis held off Lexi Thompson to win the last LPGA full-field event - the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic on April 29. Lewis shot a final-round 69, while Thompson shot a 65. Can the duo build on that momentum this week?

Update: American golfers got off to a solid start Friday. Lewis, who is the co-leader with Japan's Mika Miyazato, and Thompson are among six U.S. golfers in the top eight. Lewis, who shot a 6-under par 65, is two strokes ahead of Paula Creamer (67). Thompson (69) is tied for fifth along with fellow Americans Karlin Beck, Anna Grzebien, Christina Kim and Mo Martin.

South Korean players

Three of the world's top-10 players are from South Korea, including No. 2 Na Yeon Choi and No. 8 I.K. Kim. Both will tee it up at the Classic, as will No. 14 Sun Young Yoo, who in April won the LPGA's first major of the season - the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Update: Lee, the 2006 ShopRite Classic champion, and Choi joined fellow South Koreans Grace Park and So Yeon Ryu in shooting 1-under 70s. Yoo shot a 71 and I.K. Kim finished at 72.

David Weinberg


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