Yani takes 2011 Handa Australian Women’s Open

TAIWANESE livewire Yani Tseng has taken her second straight Handa Women’s Australian Open with a commanding performance in Melbourne.

The World No.5 calmly fired a 2 under par 71 to street the field by 7 strokes, one of the biggest margins in the tournament’s history.

Tseng has made no secret of her ambitions to take the top spot in women’s golf this year and after her almost faultless four round performance you would be brave person to bet against her.

“I just feel more confident and relaxed. Before I was thinking too much and trying to win. Now I know I don’t need it. I stay focused on my swing and play one shot at a time. I know I can win,” the 22 year old said.

World No.1 Jiyai Shin – the player friends have nicknamed “Chalk Line” because of her dead-straight drives – hit some uncharacteristic wayward shots in the trying final day conditions at the Commonwealth Golf Club and her expected late charge just didn’t happen.

Shin finished in equal second place with fellow Korean Eun Hee Ji and English up and comer Melissa Reid, who sprinted home with three birdies on the final three holes for a fine 68.

Best placed Australians were Queenslanders Katherine Hull and Karrie Webb, who finished tied for 7th at 5 under.

Both had frustrating tournaments. Hull started the day at 8 under but lost strokes and blew the chance of making a challenge, whilst Webb, the only other player to win the title back to back, picked up strokes but began just too far off the pace.

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