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 margin.

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 the 12th.

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 birdie.

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 Mojo 6.

04/04 19:17:08 ET