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Golf Australia Express : Issue 11
WELL, SHE did it again. Yani Tseng’s domination of women’s golf continued as the 22-year-old world No.1 claimed her fifth LPGA title for the season at the Arkansas Championship. It took just one playoff hole for the Taiwanese star to dispose of Korean Amy Yang at Arkansas’ Pinnacle Country Club. While Tseng’s 2011 season is a long way from matching the record 13 wins American Mickey Wright collected in 1963, she does join an elite group to have won five or more times in a single season. That list includes Americans Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez and Swede Annika Sorenstam. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Tseng on Sunday. “I almost cry because today, like in the middle of the round, I felt like, ‘Oh, I’m going to lose today because in my mind I don’t feel excitement, I don’t make any birdies,’” she said on reflection. Tseng and Yang began the final round atop the leaderboard and both carded 68s to finish 12-under for the tournament. Uncharacteristically, Tseng missed a 4-foot putt on the final green for outright victory. The slip opened the door for Yang who’s been close to getting her first LPGA Tour victory. On the playoff hole, the par-5 18th Yang took the ascendancy, reaching the green in two while Tseng’s second shot finished over the green. After their third shots, both were left with 6-footers for birdie. Yang missed and when Tseng drained her putt she had successfully defended her title and 10th career LPGA Tour win. For Yang it was again a case of being so close. The 22-year-old’s runner-up finish equals the best of her career—that came at the 2010 LPGA Championship. Of note, the performances of those heading to the Solheim Cup next week was mixed. Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome finished inside the top 10, while Juli Inkster, Ryann O’Toole, Christina Kim, Michelle Wie and Vicky Hurst missed the cut. The big move of the day came from European Solheim Cup captain’s pick, Sandra Gal. The leggy German shot a 7-under in the final round—her 64 the lowest score of the week, and moved her from 37th into a tie for fifth. OTG “IT’S REALLY FUNNY. BEING FROM FLORIDA, I’VE BEEN THROUGH ONE HURRICANE MY WHOLE LIFE, AND I COME TO CANADA AND I’M IN THE MIDST OF IRENE.” —Brittany Lincicome WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE LPGA TOUR WRAP THE FINAL STANDINGS 1 YANI TSENG TWN -12 $300,000 2 AMY YANG KOR -12 $182,127 3 AI MIYAZATO JAP -11 $132,120 4 CRISTIE KERR USA -10 $102,205 T5 SANDRA GAL GER -9 $68,636 T5 AMY HUNG TWN -9 $68,636 T5 BELEN MOZO ESP -9 $68,636 T8 PAULA CREAMER USA -8 $46,866 T8 STAC Y LEWIS USA -8 $46,866 T10 MI HYUN KIM KOR -7 $34,168 T10 KRIS TAMULIS USA -7 $34,168 T10 NA YEON CHOI KOR -7 $34,168 T10 SUZANN PETTERSEN NOR -7 $34,168 T10 BRITTANY LINCICOME USA -7 $34,168 T10 CHELLA CHOI KOR -7 $34,168 TSENG AGAIN