Top-ranked Tseng wins in China, her 11th victory of 2011, 30th of career

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Yani Tseng, 22, reached another milestone Sunday with the 30th victory of her young career.
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Series: Other Tour

Published: Monday, October 31, 2011 | 12:29 a.m.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour Sunday for her 11th worldwide victory of year, closing with a 6-under 66 to beat Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg by seven strokes.

The 22-year-old Taiwanese star, coming off a victory last week in the LPGA Tour’s Sunrise Taiwan Championship, finished at 16 under at Suzhou International.

“It’s very exciting,” Tseng said. “I played so consistently. I was really patient. … I just play one shot at a time and be patient and keep learning. I just learn from mistakes.”

The victory was Tseng’s 30th in her professional career. She has won seven this season on the LPGA Tour, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Lindberg shot a 70. South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace, the 2010 winner, had a 70 to tie for third with England’s Melissa Reid (68) at 8 under.

Tseng was three clear going into the final round, but after stretching that to six after seven holes it was not quite the stroll that seemed likely.

Lindberg birdied the 10th, 13th and 14th to cut the gap to three, but Tseng showed her class with birdies of her own at the next two and with her playing partner bogeying the 16th it was effectively all over.

Another birdie at the last gave Tseng a second successive 66 and a 54-hole total of 16-under 200.

She had to speak to the crowd about taking too many photographs on the 12th tee.

"Today there were lots of cameras and I tell myself, 'Don't worry about it,'" she said. "I play like it's normal because I'm happy to see them coming out."