YANG MEI, Taiwan – Yani Tseng won the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her 10th worldwide victory of the year and third in front of her adoring home fans.
The 22-year-old Taiwanese star closed with a 6-under 66 at Sunrise for a five-stroke victory over Spain’s Azahara Munoz and South Korea’s Amy Yang.
“I play really, really good today, I was bogey free,” Tseng said. “I wish this year would go on forever so I could win more. But I can always get better.”
The top-ranked Tseng finished at 16-under 272 and earned $300,000 for her seventh LPGA victory of the season to increase her tour-leading total to $2,873,629. She donated $100,000 to the Taiwan Golf Association to support junior golf.
Tseng won her first four events this year, taking the Taiwanese tour’s Taifong Ladies and sweeping the Australian Women’s Open and Ladies Masters before opening the LPGA Tour season with a victory in the LPGA Thailand.
The LPGA Player of the Year for the second straight season, Tseng won major titles this summer in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open and has 12 victories in four seasons on the tour.
After opening with rounds of 68, 71 and 67 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round, Tseng birdied the par-3 second and reached 14 under with birdies on the par-5 sixth and par-4 seventh and eighth holes.
She parred the next seven holes, birdied the par-3 16th, increased her lead to four strokes with a par on the par-4 17th and birdied the par-5 18th.
“I could feel victory at the 18th hole, especially with so many fans yelling ‘go, go,”’ Tseng said.
Yang finished with a 67, and Munoz had a 68.
American Morgan Pressel shot a 65 - the best round of the week in the inaugural tournament, to tie for fourth with Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist (71) at 9 under.
Tseng, who grew up playing golf in this region, asked fans not to take pictures during her swing following her second round 71.