SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND |
Taiwan’s Yani Tseng
won her second major championship of 2010
Sunday when she held off Aussie Katherine
Hull to capture the Ricoh Women’s British Open
by a single shot at historic Royal Birkdale after
beginning the day with a four-shot lead.
The 21-year-old Tseng, who won the Kraft
Nabisco Championship earlier in the year, is
now the youngest woman ever to have affixed
three major championships to her resumé. In
2008, as an LPGA rookie, Tseng conquered the
field at the LPGA Championship.
Along the way at Birkdale, Tseng received
help from a legend.
It came in the form of a pre-round text mes-
sage from Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, a
friend and mentor. It referred to her position
atop the leaderboard and it read: “That’s where
you belong. Trust your ability and have fun.”
It was easier said than done as Hull came
within a whisker of tying Tseng on the 71st hole.
But her birdie putt slid by on the left and the
two matched pars on the par- 5 18th.
“Katherine Hull played awesome today,”
Tseng said. “She really pushed me a lot and I
was so nervous and trying to just stay patient
all the time.”
Tseng’s winning total was 11-under-par 277.
Na Yeon Choi and In-Kyung Kim tied for third at
7 under. One shot back of that pair tied for fifth
was a threesome that included LPGA Cham-
pionship winner Cristie Kerr. Morgan Pressel,
whose Saturday 65 was the low round of the
championship, finished eighth at 4 under.
Tseng has struggled with leads in the past.
In fact, she squandered a six-shot lead to none
other than Hull in the final round of the 2008
Canadian Women’s Open when she skied to a 77.
Hull’s second-place finish at Birkdale was
her best in a major. “It’s a good confidence
boost,” she said. “There are lots of positives I
can take from this week.”
Kerr, one of the best putters in women’s golf,
struggled with the flat stick and left the 18th
green extremely frustrated after a superb ball-
striking round. “I could have shot 8 under today
easily,” she said. “I hit it so good. Anything was
possible. I just didn’t putt well enough.”
Yani Tseng celebrates her win
in the Women’s British Open.
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