Yani Tseng reinforced her reputation as the world’s finest woman golfer when she closed with a three under par 69 to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open over the Championship course at Carnoustie.
The World No. 1 from Taiwan arrived in the East of Scotland having won six Tour titles around the world this season and she made it into a magnificent seven with a remorseless efficiency that at times was reminiscent of the great Annika Sorenstam in her prime.
Tseng’s win was her second in-a-row at the Ricoh British Women’s Open and was also her fifth Major victory in a glorious 37-month spell stretching back to the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in 2008.
Tseng started the final round two shots behind Masson and was momentarily three shots in arrears when she took five on the 394-yard par-4 opening hole. However, she drew level when the German dropped two shots on the 320-yard par-4 third and then forged ahead with birdies at the sixth and 11th.
Even back-back bogeys at the 12th and the 13th, the latter after her tee shot had struck the pin and ricocheted off the green, did not deter her as she cruised home with birdies on the 14th, 17th and 18th. That left her four shots in front of Lang, who closed with a fine four under par 68, and five in front of 2000 champion, Sophie Gustafson from Sweden, who closed strongly with three birdies in the last five holes to post a 68.
On a great day for the Asians, three South Koreans, Sun Young Yoo, Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park, shared seventh place with Swede Anna Nordqvist on 280 but no-one could live with Tseng who seemed in cruise control as she claimed her fifth Major at just 22 years, 6 months and 8 days of age but then admitted that she was more nervous than she had ever been before.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship Committee announced that it will donate £30,000 to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal as part of “Super Sunday”.
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