Taiwan’s Yani Tseng took over the No. 1 ranking in women’s golf after shooting a final-round 68 to win the Australian Ladies Masters by four strokes on Sunday, her second victory in a row Down Under.
Tseng, who won last week’s Women’s Australian Open at Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne, finished the Masters at Royal Pines with a 24-under-par total of 264. Australian Nikki Campbell, with a final-round 64, and American Stacey Lewis, who shot 69, were tied for second.
American Ryann O’Toole was fourth after a 69, six strokes behind Tseng.
Former No. 1-ranked Jiyai Shin of South Korea tied for second last week at the Australian Open. Shin did not play this week.
Seven-time Masters champion Karrie Webb shot a final-round 67 and was eight strokes behind Tseng.
Following up her seven-shot victory in defense of the Australian Open title last week, the 22-year-old Tseng’s tournament total at Royal Pines was just two shots more than Webb’s tournament record of 262.
Tseng’s lead was reduced to just two over Lewis and Campbell after a bogey at the par-4 seventh. But Tseng birdied the par-5 ninth and added another at the par-5 12th to all but put the tournament away.
“It feels good winning, it feels good getting to No.1, she said. “I feel very appreciative about everything and all the people that have been helping me through those years.”
Tseng first played at Royal Pines as an invited amateur six years ago.
“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to play this tournament … The first time I came here, I told all my friends, and said one day, I want my picture on Champions Drive, one day I’m going to have a picture up there.”
Tseng said she hopes her win will make big news in Taiwan.
Overwhelmed,” she said. “I hope that I’m on the first page of the news! I think it will be huge.”
Cecilia Cho, a 16-year-old amateur from New Zealand, had a 67 Sunday to finish in a tie for fifth.
“I bombed a few shots today really going for them,” Cho said. “I just got a bit too confident. But my chipping was really good today and every time I missed a green, I got up-and-down, which was great.”
She was the leading amateur by eight shots.