Unstoppable Tseng wins again
World number one Yani Tseng won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open on Sunday for her 11th worldwide victory of the year.
World number one Yani Tseng won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China on Sunday for her 11th worldwide victory of the year.
The 22-year-old five-time major champion closed with a six under par 66 on a beautiful final day at Suzhou Taihu International Golf Club for a seven stroke victory over Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg. It was her 30th career title in four seasons as a professional and her third win in her last four events.
“It’s very exciting for me today. I played so consistently. I was really patient and made lots of good putts to save par so I am proud of myself to finish six under on Sunday and with no bogeys,” Tseng said.
When asked if there was a secret to her dominance, she added: “I don’t know. I just play one shot at a time and be patient and keep learning. I just learn from mistakes.”
Tseng fired six birdies in the final round to finish with a three-round total of 16 under 200 and earned a first prize of €45,000.
After opening with rounds of 68 and 66, she started the final round three clear of Lindberg and widened the gap to five strokes with birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes.
She hit a four-iron into the par-five fifth and two putted for birdie, before pitching to three feet at the sixth from 85 yards. A 15-footer for birdie at the seventh saw her reach the turn at 13 under par.
Lindberg exerted a little pressure with birdies at the 13th and 14th, but Tseng responded by pitching to 15 feet at the next and holing for birdie to move four clear.
Tseng then picked up shots at the par-four 16th and par-five 18th holes to seal the win in front of a huge gallery of adoring supporters, some of whom had their faces painted with ‘YA-NI’ across their cheeks.
“I’m very excited, especially when you see all the fans here from everywhere. They all cheered for me and it was fun to play in front of those people. I really enjoyed it on the golf course today and those people were great, so thanks for coming to support us,” Tseng said.
She had to speak the crowd about taking too many photographs on the 12th tee, but said: “Today there were lots of cameras and I tell myself, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ I play like its normal because I’m happy to see them coming out.”
Lindberg had a 70 and she said: “I left some shots out there but overall I’m pretty happy with how I performed in the group I was in. Like I said yesterday, it’s a great experience every time you play with a top player and I feel like I handle it better and better every time. I’m very happy with that.
“She wasn’t making any putts or any birdies in the beginning and I knew sooner or later that she’s going to make some and play great. Of course I always thought I had a chance but then she just ran away from us.”
The 2010 champion Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa shot 70 to tie for third with England’s Melissa Reid (68) at eight under.
“I’m not too disappointed because I’ve played well all three days. I think if a couple more putts have dropped I could have been up there but they didn’t so it wasn’t my week. I still played well and for a defence it was okay,” Pace said.
Reid closed with three birdies in her last four holes to enhance her chances of winning the Ladies European Tour’s 2011 Henderson Money List.
“I’ve been hitting it good the last couple of weeks; I just really struggled with my putting and it’s probably the worst I’ve putted all year the last two weeks. Even today I three-putted twice and it could have been a lot better than what it was, but back nine I gathered my thoughts a little bit and hit two or three shots really close,” Reid said.
“I’m still going to have to play well in Dubai to win the exemption ranking or the money list but it’s probably given me a bit more leeway.”
Collin Morikawa looking forward to having fans back in Japan
The American is racking up the miles as he contends at the start of the PGA Tour season and the end of the European Tour campaign.
Rory McIlroy’s 20 PGA Tour wins: From the breakthrough in 2010 to THE CJ CUP last week
The Northern Irishman was supreme at the weekend, holding off the challenge of Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa in Las Vegas.
Billy Horschel sets out to double prize money at event aimed at boosting diversity
The 34-year-old American hosted the inaugural Billy Horschel APGA Tour Invitational at Sawgrass in July.
Rory McIlroy claims 20th PGA title with victory in CJ Cup
The Northern Irishman put his Ryder Cup torment behind him to win by a stroke from Collin Morikawa.
Matt Fitzpatrick responds to Ryder Cup disappointment with Andalucia Masters win
The Yorkshireman was bogey-free in the final round at the notoriously difficult Valderrama.
Rory McIlroy two shots off the lead after sizzling 62 in Las Vegas
The Northern Irishman shot his lowest score since 2019 to take second place heading into the final round.
Rory McIlroy looking to kick on after emotional Ryder Cup
McIlroy broke down in tears in a rare show of emotion in Wisconsin.
Jon Rahm keen to win at Valderrama for ‘historic reasons and nostalgia’
The Spaniard is hoping to perform on home soil.
‘Stupid is as stupid does’ – Phil Mickelson criticises club length restriction
The R&A and USGA have brought in a ‘model local rule’ to limit all clubs other than putters to a maximum of 46 inches.