Yani Tseng wins LPGA Taiwan Championship

Updated: Oct 23, 2011, 20:06 PM IST

Yang Mei: Yani Tseng won the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her 10th worldwide victory of the year and third in front of her adoring home fans.

The 22-year-old Taiwanese star closed with a 6-under 66 at Sunrise for a five-stroke victory over Spain`s Azahara Munoz and South Korea`s Amy Yang.

"I play really, really good today, I was bogey free. I wish this year would go on forever so I could win more," Tseng said. "But I can always get better."

The top-ranked Tseng finished at 16-under 272 and earned $300,000 for her seventh LPGA Tour victory of the season to increase her tour-leading total to $2,873,629.

Tseng won her first four events this year, taking the Taiwanese tour`s Taifong Ladies and sweeping the Australian Women`s Open and Ladies Masters before opening the LPGA Tour season with a victory in the LPGA Thailand.

The LPGA Tour player of the year for the second straight season, Tseng won major titles this summer in the LPGA Championship and Women`s British Open and has 12 victories in four seasons on the tour.

After opening with rounds of 68, 71 and 67 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round, Tseng birdied the par-3 second and reached 14 under with birdies on the par-5 sixth and par-4 seventh and eighth holes.

She parred the next seven holes, birdied the par-3 16th, increased her lead to four strokes with a par on the par-4 17th and birdied the par-5 18th.

"I could feel victory at the 18th hole, especially with so many fans yelling `go, go,"` Tseng said.

Yang finished with a 67, and Munoz had a 68.

American Morgan Pressel shot a 65 - the best round of the week in the inaugural tournament, to tie for fourth with Sweden`s Anna Nordqvist (71) at 9-under.

Tseng, who grew up playing golf in this region, asked fans not to take pictures during her swing following her second round 71.

Bureau Report