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Updated 4:01 AM EDT, Tue, Sep 23, 2014

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Chinese Taipei Leads LPGA International Crown tourney, Shuts Out U.S.

Yani Tseng of Chinese Taipei sinks a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win against the United States

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Chinese Taipei shut out the U.S. on the first day of the LPGA tour's International Crown in Owings Mills, Maryland Thursday.

The team of Yani Tseng and Phoebe Yao defeated Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson, while Candie Kung and Teresa Lu won against Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr in the opening round of the 18-hole course of Caves Valley Golf Club.

Tseng converted a 12-foot birdie putt after Lewis missed her attempt a few feet back on the 18th hole that sealed them the 1-up victory.

"My hands were shaking," said Tseng, after making a birdie on the 18th.

The Americans remain optimistic though as their teams that scored three points Thursday might get shut out Friday and even Saturday.

The Americans are top seeded going into the tournament, while Chinese Taipei is seeded last in the eight-team event. Each team will receive two points for a win and one point for a tie.

The team of eight is divided into two pools: Pool A is composed of the U.S., Chinese Taipei, Spain, and Thailand, while Pool B is comprised of Japan, South Korea, Sweden and Australia.

Chinese Taipei now leads Pool A with four points while Spain comes in second with three points after defeating Thailand with one win and a tie.

In Pool B, Japan leads with three points after Sakura Yokomine shot a birdie putt on the 18th hole against Sweden to take charge in their respective pool. South Korea and Australia have split their matches and are tied at second with two points each.

Chinese Taipei will face Thailand and the United States will face-off Spain in Pool A Friday, while Japan will go up against Australia and South Korea will take on Sweden in Pool B.

The top teams in their respective pools will go for the championship slated Sunday.

 

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