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

Under.

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

for second.

American Ryann O’Toole was fourth after a 69, six strokes behind

Tseng.

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

of 262.

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

years ago.

”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

great.”

She was the leading amateur by eight shots.