Yani Be Good
Tseng Tracks Down Webb To Claim Australian Open Crown
MELBOURNE,;AUSTRALIA;| Taiwan’s Yani Tseng
Tseng began the day four shots behind over-
fired a course-record, 7-under 66 at Common-
wealth Golf Club Sunday to win the $600,000
Handa Women’s Australian Open by three shots.
night leader Karrie Webb, and victory seemed
remote as Webb birdied three of the first five
holes and raced to 9-under par, three shots
clear of her nearest rivals, Giulia Sergas of Italy
and England’s Laura Davies, and seven ahead
Then the wheels fell off
for Webb, seeking her fifth
Australian Open title. She
made three bogeys before
the turn and another two in
the run home, finishing with
a 1-over 74, opening the door
“Last night I told my friends
I was going to play really good today,” Tseng said.
“This is a really tough course and you just need
to be patient. If you just lose a little focus, it is re-
ally bad. I tried to be focused and patient.”
The 21-year-old Tseng, who came into the
event ranked No. 6 in the world, earned $90,000
for the victory. She shot rounds of 74-71-72-66
for a 72-hole total of 9-under 283. Her 66 low-
ered the course record of 68 set by Davies in the
first round. Runner-up Davies closed with a 71.
Webb’s 74 dropped her to third.
Tseng’s final-day charge included birdies on
five of her final nine holes to hold off a late move
from defending champion Davies. “For the last
three holes my whole body was shaking,” Tseng
said. “When I stepped up to putt I felt my heart
going really fast. I told myself to be relaxed.”
For Webb, her final round was a total reversal
from the week before when she shot 26-under
par, including a closing 61, to win the ANZ Ladies
Masters in Queensland.
“I got off to a really great start. I was feeling
pretty good until I played a couple of scrappy
holes at six and seven and really lost a lot of
momentum,” said Webb. “I did not hit it as good
after that. I did not trust myself as much as I
would have liked.”
Sergas, the second-round leader, tied for
fourth with Queensland’s Katherine Hull.
American teen Alexis Thompson, the No.
Thompson, meanwhile, tied for 16th place, 12
1-ranked amateur in the world, was upstaged by
South Korean amateur Hyun Soo Kim, 17, who
finished eighth overall with a 1-under total.
shots off the lead. Asked about her future plans,
the 15-year-old said, “I’m playing in the Kraft
Nabisco in two weeks. Then I want to qualify for
the U.S. Open and hope to be selected for the
Curtis Cup team. I have not decided what I will do
after that. We are looking at our options, and turn-
ing pro after the Curtis Cup is a possibility.”
Yun-Jye Wei from Chinese Taipei closed with a
66 Sunday to win the Japan LPGA’s Yokohama Tire
PRGR Ladies Cup at Tosa Country Club in Kochi.
Wei finished the tournament at 11 under for her
fourth JLPGA title and first since 2006. She finished
one stroke ahead of Mie Nakata and Inbee Park. l