TAIWAN’S Yani Tseng has blitzed the opposition with a seven under final round 66 to take the 2010 Handa Australian Open at Melbourne’s Commonwealth Golf Club on Sunday.
Overnight leader Karrie Webb looked to have yet another Aussie tournament firmly in her grasp early on but seemingly ran out of gas to finish one over and outright third.
Tseng, the World No 6, finished three strokes ahead of defending champion Laura Davies, who had appeared to be Webb’s major threat throughout much of the event.
The 21 year old Taiwanese golfer played a near perfect bogey-free final round on the difficult sand belt course to end the event on a nine under total of 282.
“I haven’t had this feeling for a while so I am very happy,” she said of her first Australian victory.
Webb, who was bitterly disappointed with her final round, had admitted a few times she felt tired during the week of what was her fourth tournament in a row. These days she usually sticks to no more than three.
Webb had looked good early on, breaking away to a three shot lead after five holes, causing Tseng to remark to her caddie ‘Let’s try to get second place’.
“We just played our game and tried to be second and after 12 holes I thought: ‘Oh I am only two shots behind,’ maybe I need to play a little bit aggressive and smart.”
And she did, holing putts from everywhere and in her last six holes shooting four birdies.
Four time winner of the even Webb wasn’t offering any excuses.
“I didn’t feel as weary today on the course as I did yesterday although I know that it has been a long four weeks, not that I am going to use that as an excuse,” she said.
“I was feeling really good out there and then played a few scrappy holes on sicx and seven and I really lost some momentum there and just didn’t really hit it as good after that.
“I didn’t trust myself as much as I would have liked and then the putts weren’t going in and it was a tough struggle on the back nine.”
Australian Katherine Hull and Italy’s Giulia Sergas were next best on 4-under 288, a shot ahead of Australian Lindsey Wright.