Date: February 06, 2011

Tseng clinches back-to-back titles

Yani Tseng has won her second successive ISPS Handa Women&aposs Australian Open title after a dominating victory at the Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne on Sunday. The Taiwanese golfer finished at 16-under-par to win the event by a whopping seven strokes ahead of three golfers, Eun-Hee Ji, Melissa Reid and Jiyai Shin, who all reached nine-under-par. With all her potential challengers collapsing, Tseng remained calm on the final round with an early birdie on the third hole calming any potential nerves. She continued to make par with ease and relaxed on the back nine, with a birdie on the 14th the highlight of her back nine. Tseng&aposs consistency throughout the tournament has been most impressive, shooting just two bogeys throughout 72 holes of golf and the fact she was able to avoid the errors that plagued some of her rivals, meant that she well and truly deserved the title. After three impressive rounds, Ji struggled on Sunday for a one-over-par 74 highlighted by a double-bogey on the par five sixth, while world no.1 Shin, who was the most likely player to challenge Tseng on the final day, also went over-par, finishing with a 75 thanks to three bogeys. Reid, one of three players who tied for second, can be most impressed with her final day as she stormed home to shoot a five-under-par 68 thanks to six birdies which saw her finish one shot ahead of day one co-leader Jennifer Song, who managed to claim fifth position after a last-day 71. German Sandra Gal finished in outright sixth, just ahead of Australians Katherine Hull and four-time champion Karrie Webb, and American Cindy LaCrosse. A third-round 67 saw Hull emerge as a slight threat to Tseng, but she shot a disappointing three-over-par 76 to finish the tournament while four-time champion Webb did not manage a score under 70 to finish 11 shots off the pace, tied for seventh. Another Australian, Nikki Campbell, was tied for 10th with Englishwoman Karen Stupples, who finished brilliantly with a 68 to force her way inside top 10. Amateur Lydia Ko will be pleased with a top-15 result, finishing at three-under-par, while Brit Laura Davies shot a one-over-par 74 on Sunday to end up a whopping 14 shots off the pace.