Tseng Breezes to Win Australian Open
Yani Tseng (TPE) easily held off the 2010 LPGA Player of the Year and No. 1-ranked Jiyan Shin of South Korea, Ji Eun-hee (KOR), and Melissa Reid (ENG) in the ISPS HANDA Australian Open shooting final round 2 under par.
Leading by four strokes going into the final round, Tseng from Chinese Taipei never saw the score closer than what she began the day defended her title by a commanding seven strokes.
Shin currently ranked #1 never seemed to harness the concentration she exhibited all last season. Given several opportunities to close the gap, twice missing 4 foot puts. The first came on the par 5 tenth hole where she took a bogey 6. One hole later with a chance at a birdie she again misses settling on a par.
The strong breezes today made approach shots to the green more difficult than yesterday. Except for England’s Melissa Reid who shot a 5 under par 68 for the best round of the day to tie for second with Shin and Ji most everyone else would have been happy being par for the course.
Lydia Ko from Korea was the top amateur.