Tseng new No. 1 after win at Australian Masters
Taiwan’s Yani Tseng took over the No. 1 ranking in women’s golf
after shooting a final-round 68 to win the Australian Ladies
Masters by four strokes on Sunday, her second victory in a row Down
Tseng, who won last week’s Australian Open at Commonwealth Golf
Club in Melbourne, finished the Masters at Royal Pines with a
24-under-par total of 264. Australian Nikki Campbell, with a
final-round 64, and American Stacey Lewis, who shot 69, were tied
American Ryann O’Toole was fourth after a 69, six strokes behind
Former No. 1-ranked Jiyai Shin of South Korea tied for second
last week at the Australian Open. Shin did not play this week.
Seven-time Masters champion Karrie Webb shot a final-round 67
and was eight strokes behind Tseng.
Following up her seven-shot victory in defense of the Australian
Open title last week, the 22-year-old Tseng’s tournament total at
Royal Pines was just two shots more than Webb’s tournament record
Tseng’s lead was reduced to just two over Lewis and Campbell
after a bogey at the par-four seventh. But Tseng birdied the
par-five ninth and added another at the par-five 12th to all but
put the tournament away.
”It feels good winning, it feels good getting to No.1, she
said. ”I feel very appreciative about everything and all the
people that have been helping me through those years.”
Tseng first played at Royal Pines as an invited amateur six
”I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to play this
tournament … The first time I came here, I told all my friends,
and said one day, I want my picture on Champions Drive, one day I’m
going to have a picture up there.”
Tseng said she hopes her win will make big news in Taiwan.
Overwhelmed,” she said. ”I hope that I’m on the first page of
the news! I think it will be huge.”
Cecilia Cho, a 16-year-old amateur from New Zealand, had a 67
Sunday to finish in a tie for fifth.
”I bombed a few shots today really going for them,” Cho said.
”I just got a bit too confident. But my chipping was really good
today and every time I missed a green, I got up-and-down which was
She was the leading amateur by eight shots.