THERE was a slight flutter on the front nine but in the end Taiwan’s Yani Tseng cruised to a four stroke win at the ANZ RACV Australian Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast yesterday to take the top spot in women’s golf.
The win took Tseng to the top of the world women’s golf rankings, realising a long held dream by the deeply talented 22 year old.
“I never expected this to come so soon,” Tseng said. ”There is still a long way to go, there’s another 11 months to go [to hold on to the No.1 spot for a year]. Today, I just feel like, ‘This is not true.’ It’s unreal. I just feel really appreciative of all the people who have been helping me all those years.”
Tseng arrived in Australia a few weeks ago as world No.5 but after wins at the Handa Australian Open in Melbourne last week and now at Royal Pines she will return home a national sporting hero.
Knowing the top spot was up for grabs, Tseng was perhaps a little tight on the front nine, but still managed two birdies to just one bogey.
Her eagle on the 15th all but secured the title and her final round 68 combined for a total of 264, just two shots off seven time winner Karrie Webb’s tournament record.
Australian Nikki Campbell shot a final-round 64 to finish tied with American Stacey Lewis (69) with countrywoman Ryann O’Toole (69) finishing six strokes behind Tseng.
Former world No.1 Jiyai Shin of South Korea tied for second in Melbourne last week but did not contest the Masters.
Karrie Webb was disappointed with her early round performances but finished with a 67 to end eight strokes behind the winner.