Oakley's Yani Tseng Wins Second Major Title

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Oakley’s Yani Tseng won for the third time on the LPGA tour last weekend at the first major of 2010, the Kraft Nebisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, CA. Tseng edged out second place finisher Suzanne Petterson by one stroke while wearing black flak jackets with black iridium lenses.

Oakley’s Song Hee-kim, wearing Flak jacket with slate finished third. Oakley’s Karrie Webb (Enduring), Karen Stupples (Flak jacket with fire), and Chie Arimura (flak jacket) placed in the top ten.

The only time all day that Tseng wasn’t in control was when she took the traditional leap into the water at the 18th green after winning.

With her mother, caddie and several friends also taking the plunge Sunday, Tseng jumped as far into the pond as she could, then remembered that she can’t swim.

‘I told my caddie, ’I don’t know how to swim, can you help me to get on the top?’ It was a little scary," she said.

Everything else about Tseng’s day had her smiling. She eagled the second hole and pulled ahead of a star-studded field with a 4-under 68 for her second major title.

Tseng, from Taiwan, finished at 13-under 275 at Mission Hills to hold off Suzann Pettersen by a stroke. Two of Tseng’s three LPGA Tour victories have been majors — she won the 2008 LPGA Championship as a rookie, beating Maria Hjorth in a four-hole playoff.

Tseng started the day tied with Pettersen (69), one stroke behind Karen Stupples. Tseng took control by chipping in for eagle on the 521-yard, par-5 second, then getting a birdie on the par-4 No. 3 that put her at 12 under.

‘I had an eagle on the second hole, and I know today is going to be my day. I just kept telling myself, ’Commit to the shot and keep my tempo right, and just keep smiling all 18 holes,’" she said.

On No. 2, Tseng pushed a 3 wood onto the fringe, then chipped in.

‘I just wanted to get close to the pin, and I chipped and I don’t know if it’s good, and then three feet before the hole, I know it’s going to make it," she said.

’Yani got off to a flying start," said Pettersen, who won the 2007 LPGA Championship. ’She played great today and she deserved to win."

Pettersen’s eagle chip on 18 stopped just a few inches from the hole, and Tseng tapped in for par on the final hole to win the tournament.

Song-Hee Kim (70) was third at 9 under, top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (73) followed at 6 under, and Stupples (78) tied for fifth at 4 under with Jiyai Shin (71), Cristie Kerr (72) and Karrie Webb (73). Michelle Wie (78) tied for 27th at 3 over.

Stupples, the 2004 Women’s British Open champion, had three double bogeys.

Author

Erin Edwards

Date

April 06, 2010

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