Tseng makes runaway win at LPGA Championship

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Taiwan’s Yani Tseng reaffirmed her reputation as the world’s number one for women’s golf by grabbing the victory at the LPGA championship.

She won by 10 strokes on Sunday’s championship, resulting in her becoming the youngest golfer ever to win four major titles professionally.

The 22-year-old Taiwanese started off with a five-shot lead on that overcast day, and quickly doubled her edge using a final-round 66 at the Locust Hill Country Club located in Pittsford, New York, matching the record total of 19-under-par 269, leaving American Morgan Pressel of the USA, at 71, a far second. This was even better than Pressel’s fellow Americans Crisie Kerr, who won in 2010, and Paula Creamer, as well as Norway’s Suzann Pettersen.

Tseng had also won the LPGA Championship back in 2008 at Bulle Rock, as well as the Women’s British Open and Kraft Nabisco last year. She had since broken the record of South Korea’s Pak Se-ri and Tiger Woods, who were both twenty-four years old at the time of their grabbing a fourth major professional title, in 2002 and 2000 respectively.

Prior to the LPGA formation, Patty Berg was 23 years old when she garnered her first four major titles.

Tseng managed to match the best women’s major score when it comes to par, having duplicated the total reached by Cristie Kerr here last year as well as the winning score held by Dottie Pepper at the Kraft Nabisco in 1999. It also matched the total held by Karen Stupples of the UK when she won the Women’s British Open in 2004.

As Tseng sauntered up the 18th fairway, she tipped her hat to the cheers of the crowd and threw her arms in the air. She admitted she felt very excited, adding, “It was so emotional.”

She described to reporters how she almost cried, explaining that Taiwan was a little country but the people were extremely supportive of her, which made her feel good.

This amazing turnout at Locust Hill was a big rebound from Tseng’s disappointment during the Kraft Nabisco back in April. At that last women’s major, the Taiwanese lost by a lead of two shots in the final round to Stacy Lewis.

This win was the third for her this season, giving her three major victories from the previous six women’s majors she played. She also has eight victories in her career portfolio, having won her first major title while being a rookie back at the LPGA Championship in 2008.

During a telephone interview conducted by the Golf Channel, Annika Sorenstam, 10-times winner of majors, called her “the new face of the LPGA.”

The next major tournament of the LPGA will be the US Women’s Open, set for July 7 to 10 at The Broodmoor in Colorado Springs.

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