Tseng marches on
World No 1 Yani Tseng claimed her sixth LPGA Tour victory of the season at the Hana Bank Championship on Sunday.
Unstoppable World No 1 Yani Tseng claimed her sixth LPGA Tour victory of the season at the Hana Bank Championship on Sunday, edging out Na Yeon Choi by a stroke.
It’s also her 10th overall title of the year, adding to her major victories at the the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open, underlining her status as the world’s best female golfer by some margin.
The 22-year-old from Taiwan’s final-round five-under-par 67 to finish on 14 under par for the tournament at Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course was good enough to to give her the title over Korean Na Yeon Choi, who fought manfully, carding a final-round 68, but came up just short.
“It was very tough out there,” Tseng said.
“Na Yeon Choi was playing so good today. She made two birdies in a row and I missed the birdie putt. I really enjoyed it out there. It’s not easy. I tried to focus on every shot, every hole.”
Tseng earns $270,000, pushing her overall total to $2,396,838.
Choi, a two-time winner at this event in 2009 and 2010, finished with a birdie in front of a hugely supportive home crowd on Sunday, but it was still not quite enough.
“The crowd is amazing,” Tseng said. “When Na Yeon makes birdie, it was like a huge crowd, and I think it’s the first time in my life I saw that many people on a golf course.”
The way it all finished up is an exact reverse of how things ended in 2009, when it was Choi who beat Tseng by a single shot.
“I didn’t think anything like two years ago,” Tseng said. “I kind of forgot and learned from that. She played great and I played good. I did my best then, and I feel like she just played better than me and she deserved to win the tournament.
“Two years after, we both have got some more experience and we both got more wins. It’s very different out there.”
Brittany Lincicome (66), Jamin Jang (68) and second-round leader Soo-Jin Yang (71) tied for third on 11 under.
Michelle Wie had a 69 to tie for 35th on one under.
Padraig Harrington: Bryson DeChambeau has stolen the glory and the thunder
Padraig Harrington says Bryson DeChambeau’s successful power game is going to shape the future of golf.
Bernard Gallacher and Sam Torrance relive 1995 Ryder Cup moments
This Thursday marks 25 years since Europe won the Ryder Cup on American soil in sensational fashion.
US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau ‘changing the way people think about the game’
The 27-year-old was the only player to break par on a demanding final day.
5 things you might not know about US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau
DeChambeau can sign his autograph backwards with his left hand.
Bryson DeChambeau savours ‘blood, sweat and tears’ US Open triumph
The American won by six shots from compatriot Matthew Wolff.
Bryson DeChambeau wins US Open with Winged Foot masterclass
The American finished six shots clear of compatriot Matthew Wolff,
Rory McIlroy unravels within minutes as Winged Foot bears its teeth
The four-time major winner found the fairway and green in regulation on the opening hole, but then four-putted from 90 feet.
Distance debate set to roll on as errant drives fail to derail US Open hopefuls
Only two players had finished under par in five previous US Opens at Winged Foot.