Tseng wins LPGA Championship in a runaway
The top-ranked Tseng closed with a 6-under 66 to finish 19-under 269 at Locust Hill Country Club, matching the LPGA record low score at a major in winning $375,000 at the $2.5 million event. And her dominating performance came a year after Cristie Kerr shot the same score to win the tournament by a whopping 12 strokes.
Dottie Pepper (1999 Kraft Nabisco) and Karen Stupples (2004 Women’s British Open) also finished at 19 under.
Tseng bettered Se Ri Pak, who was 24 when she won her fourth major. For the star from Taiwan, it was her eighth career LPGA Tour victory, second in a row and third of the season. She has three other victories this year, sweeping the Australian Open and Masters and winning in Taiwan.
Morgan Pressel (71) finished second. Kerr (69), Suzann Pettersen (67) and Paula Creamer (69) tied for third at 8 under.
“Yani’s doing what I did last year. Obviously, it’s hard to beat,” said Kerr, who rallied late with a birdie on No. 16 and an eagle on 17. “I’m not surprised. Yani’s a great player. She’s in the prime of her career. She’s found her stride at a young age.”
Wearing a smile for much of the day, Tseng raised her arms and tipped her hat as she was greeted by the gallery upon arriving at the 18th green.
In winning her second LPGA Championship, she moved into a tie for 15th among women with four majors, joining a group of six others, including Laura Davies and Meg Mallon.
By comparison, Annika Sorenstam was 24 when she won the first of her 10 majors—the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open. Patty Berg was 23 when she won her fourth major in 1941, but before the LPGA was formed in 1950.
Tseng went wire-to-wire as the tournament leader after opening with rounds of 66, 70 and 67.
Missing only a U.S. Open title victory, Tseng will have an opportunity to complete her career slam in two weeks at Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jacobson wins first PGA title
At Cromwell, Conn., Fredrik Jacobson closed out his first PGA Tour title, shooting a 4-under 66 in the Travelers Championship for a one-stroke victory over John Rollins and Ryan Moore.
Jacobson, a 36-year-old Swede who joined the tour eight years ago and has three European Tour victories, had just one bogey in the tournament and finished at 20 under —two shots off the course record.
Rollins and Moore closed with 63s.
At Endicott, N.Y., John Huston shot a 7-under 65 to win his first Champions Tour title, taking advantage of three straight bogeys by Mark Wiebe to capture the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Huston finished at 16-under 200 in his third Champions Tour start since turning 50 on June 1, earning a three-shot victory over Nick Price (66).
Wiebe was another shot back after a 71.
Wiebe won two weeks ago at Rock Barn and began the day with a two-shot lead over Huston, but his string of bogey-free holes stopped at 75 when he bogeyed Nos. 12-14 to drop out of the lead.
Wiebe rallied with two straight birdies and almost had another at 17. Huston also birdied No. 16 and sealed the victory after hitting his tee shot at the par-3 17th within a foot.
Last updated: 5:22 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012