Tseng wins Kia Classic by six strokes
Sunday, March 25, 2012
CARLSBAD, Calif. — Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the Kia Classic on Sunday for her second straight LPGA Tour title and third in five events this year, closing with a 2-under 70 for a six-stroke victory.
The 23-year-old Taiwanese star became the second-youngest player to reach 15 LPGA Tour victories. Nancy Lopez was 22 when she reached the mark.
Tseng led wire-to-wire and finished at 14-under 274 on La Costa's Legends Course.
Tseng won the LPGA Founders Cup last week in Phoenix and also won the LPGA Thailand in February. She led the tour last season with seven victories — including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open — and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles.
South Korea's Sun Young Yoo had a 71 to finish second. Shanshan Feng shot a 67 — the best round of the day — to tie for third with South Korea's Jiyai Shin at 7 under. Shin had a 74.
Shin began the round with a three-stroke lead over Shin. The straight-hitting Shin birdied the second hole to pull within one, but struggled with her putter, missing par ties of 3 feet or closer on Nos. 6, 12 and 15.
Tseng chipped in for birdie on the par-4 fifth and also birdied the par-4 ninth. She made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 15th and took a six-stroke lead when Shin bogeyed the par-4 16th.
Tseng had a three-putt bogey from 30 feet on the final hole, her only three-putt green of the week.