CHONBURI, THAILAND | So complete is Yani
Tseng’s dominance in women’s golf that certain
critics were already scratching their heads af-
ter Taiwan’s Tseng failed to capture the LPGA’s
opening event two Sundays ago in Australia.
After all, wasn’t she supposed to win every
When world No. 1 Tseng posted an indiffer-
ent opening-round 73 Thursday at the Honda
LPGA Thailand, there were even suggestions
that an early season slump was on the horizon.
That was before Tseng wrapped the par-72
Old Course at Siam Country Club around her
little finger while successfully and stylishly
defending her title in this event.
She backed up a Friday 65 with another 65
Saturday. And the 66 she posted Sunday tied
for the low round of the day with American teen
Lexi Thompson and procured a one-shot victory
over Japan’s Ai Miyazato.
So much for the slow
start. So much for the
rumors of parity in
Which is not
to say the final
round was not
the 17th hole to take
a one-shot lead. Then
she watched as
on the par- 5
stopped just a Yani Tseng
few feet from the cup. Tseng responded with a
wedge from 104 yards that almost went in the
hole and came to rest inches away.
“After I saw Ai hit it so close, I was kind of
thinking that I have to make birdie to win it,”
Tseng said. “I didn’t know my ball was that
close. After I saw that, I was really happy. It
wasn’t like two feet and then I would be really
nervous. That tap-in putt was great. It feels re-
ally good to win here again.”
Jiyai Shin finished third at 17 under. Thomp-
son’s 66 moved her into a tie for 14th.
Picking up where she left off Saturday,
Tseng got off to a hot start Sunday with an
eagle on the first hole before tallying birdies
on three of her next six holes to go 5 under
through her first seven.
Her lead was at three when she made the
turn but the gap closed down the stretch. Bogeys on the 10th and 13th opened the door for
Miyazato and Shin to put pressure on Tseng.
Asked in an emotional post-victory press
conference if the tears had anything to do with
the pressure that she felt to repeat her 2011
season, when she captured seven wins on the
LPGA Tour and a total of 12 victories worldwide,
Tseng responded in the affirmative.
“Yes, of course,” Tseng said. “I feel much
more pressure coming into this year. Last year
when I started, I was nothing, I was just in the
top five in the world but I didn’t have 12 wins or
world No. 1 title. After last year, I have world
No. 1 and I had 12 wins and that pressure keeps
going on and on.”
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