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Inbee Park leads Yani Tseng by 2 in Taiwan

Inbee Park leads Yani Tseng by 2 in Taiwan

YANG MEI, Taiwan (AP) Inbee Park of South Korea shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over local favorite and top-ranked Yani Tseng after the first round of the Taiwan Championship on Thursday.

Park, leading the race for LPGA Tour player of the year, had seven birdies at Sunrise Golf and Country Club.

Defending champion Tseng finished the day with six birdies offset by a bogey on the 10th hole.

The group of four tied for third on 68 included Nicole Castrale and Danielle Kang of the United States, Park Hee-young of South Korea and Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand.

Park finished in the top three for six straight tour events, including two wins, until her streak was broken in South Korea last week with a tie for 15th. She leads the tour money list.

She credited improved hitting skills and calm on the normally windy Sunrise course for her performance.

``We were expecting a lot of wind and I was prepared for it. But today it was really calm and a very nice day,'' Park said.

``Last year I wasn't hitting the ball as solid as this year, and my ball-striking skills have improved.''

While Park is the hottest player on the LPGA Tour, Tseng, one of the island's few sports superstars, got most of the attention.

``I know everyone is talking about the pressure this week,'' Tseng said. ``When I see all the fans, I think that pressure is gone because I know it doesn't matter how I play, they're still going to be there to give me 100 percent support.''

The only blemish on her round, the bogey on No. 10, ``made me a little mad out there,'' she said.

Phatlum led the field of 78 early with birdies on her first four holes from the 10th.

Park eagled the sixth hole but bogeyed twice. Castrale, who hasn't enjoyed a top-10 finish since the U.S. Women's Open in July, birdied the 18th, as did Kang, who made up for two bogeys with six birdies.

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10 Questions in 10 days: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart

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10 Questions in 10 days: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart

The Redskins top two linebackers rank among the most productive units in the NFL. When healthy, Mason Foster and Zach Brown are highly efficient tacklers. In fact, Brown led the league in tackles for most of 2017 before his season ended with a foot injury. 

The healthy part is the trick. 

Last year, Foster separated his shoulder against the Rams in Week 2 and was shut down for the season by October. Brown played through nagging injuries all year before shutting things down in December. 

When both players were on the field, the Redskins defense excelled. In just four starts, Foster made 30 tackles to go with an interception, a fumble recovery and half a sack. Brown logged double-digit tackles in nine games last season, and probably would have more without the foot trouble. 

Foster and Brown are very good in the Redskins scheme, and both players are expected to be fully healthy for the start of training camp. Their injuries from last season are not the type that suggest durability concerns, and both players posted full 16-game seasons in 2016.

Foster and Brown aren't the question. The depth chart after Foster and Brown are the question. 

Zach Vigil, Martrell Spaight, Josh Harvey-Clemons and rookie Shaun Dion Hamilton are competing for two or possibly three roster spots. 

Spaight is the most recognizable name in the group. He's been a good special teams player for Washington, and is well liked in the locker room. By last December, however, Vigil was playing better football. 

More telling for both Vigil and Spaight was that Harvey-Clemons took the starter reps alongside Foster when Brown was absent during OTAs. The second-year man out of Louisville has more physical gifts than either Vigil or Spaight, and now given a full year to learn to play linebacker, Harvey-Clemons could make inroads.

A safety in college, Harvey-Clemons can run. He was a bit of a surprise last season making the 53-man roster out of camp, so expect him to definitely have a shot this year. 

Hamilton will be the wild card. An ultra-talented player out of Alabama, he dealt with a number of injuries in college. Redskins VP Doug Williams talked gushingly about Hamilton after the draft, and if the former 5-Star recruit can stay healthy, he could certainly push for a spot as well. 

Prior to 2017, the Redskins kept four inside linebackers on their final 53 roster. In 2017, the team kept five: Brown, Foster, Spaight, Will Compton and Harvey-Clemons. Compton left via free agency and is now playing in Nashville. 

Foster and Brown are roster locks, and it seems like Harvey-Clemons gets the third nod. 

Spaight, Vigil and Hamilton better be ready for serious competition in Richmond. 

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