Tseng wins second major championship title|
Rancho Mirage, CA (Sports Network) - Yani Tseng carded a four-under 68 Sunday
to come from behind and win the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Tseng completed the event at 13-under-par 275. This was her second major
championship title and third tour win in all. Her other major came at the 2008
McDonald's LPGA Championship.
The 21-year-old from Taiwan flew out of the gate with a chip-in eagle on the
par-five second and a birdie on the third to take the lead. Tseng never
relinquished that lead en route to victory.
Suzann Pettersen, who was battling for her second LPGA Tour major nearly
chipped in for eagle at the last. She finished at 12-under-par 276. The eagle
could have forced a playoff.
Song-Hee Kim (70) took third at minus-nine, while women's world No. 1 Lorena
Ochoa was three strokes back at six-under-par 282 after a final-round 73.
Third-round leader Karen Stupples faltered to a six-over 78 to fall into a
share of fifth place at four-under-par 284.
After all three players in the final group parred the first, Tseng chipped in
for eagle on the second to jump to 11-under. Stupples, who led by one entering
the round, converted a birdie effort to join Tseng in the lead.
"That was really exciting the chip in for eagle," exclaimed Tseng, who
collected $300,000 for the win. "I just needed to be very patient from there
because I knew it wasn't done until the last putt on the 18th hole."
Pettersen made birdie and trailed her playing partners by a shot.
Tseng took over the top spot on the leaderboard with a birdie putt from just
over 10 feet on the third. From there, Tseng did what it takes to win most
major championships, she made lots of pars.
After four consecutive pars from the fourth, Tseng poured in a long birdie
putt from nearly 40 feet out to extend her lead to four strokes. Pettersen
made bogey at six and Stupples fell out of contention to give Tseng her large
Around the turn, Tseng got up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker on
the 11th to move to 14-under. Tseng still led by four, but dodged a bullet on
Tseng three-putted for bogey to slip to 13-under and her lead nearly was cut
in half, but Pettersen missed a birdie effort from inside 10 feet. Tseng led
by three with six holes to go.
Tseng two-putted for par on five of the last six holes on the Dinah Shore
Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club to secure the title.
"I was really nervous on the 18th. I was really excited to play with Suzann
and Karen," said Tseng, who practices regularly with Pettersen near their
homes in Florida. "It was kind of like we (her and Pettersen) were playing a
match and it helped me focus on each shot and not worry about the score."
Pettersen fell three behind with a bogey on the par-four sixth. She kicked in
a three-foot birdie putt on 11, but remained four back as Tseng also made
The six-time winner on the LPGA Tour parred four in a row from the 12th,
before converting an 11-footer for birdie on 16. At the par-five closing hole,
she missed the green right.
With a chance to force a playoff, Pettersen's eagle chip stopped within inches
of the hole. If that chip had fallen, Pettersen would have tied Tseng at 13-
under. However, the closing birdie left Pettersen one shot back, giving the
28-year-old her second runner-up finish of the season.
Stupples ended alongside 2007 U.S. Women's Open champ Cristie Kerr (72), two-
time Kraft winner Karrie Webb (73) and 2008 Women's British Open champion
Jiyai Shin (71).
NOTES: Last year's winner Brittany Lincicome managed a one-over 73 to end tied
for 21st at plus-one...She was joined there by amateur Jennifer Song, who
closed with a one-under 71 to take low amateur by a stroke over Alexis
Thompson...There were just five rounds in the 60s on Sunday...After a week
off, the LPGA Tour returns to action in Jamaica with a new, two-day event, The
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