Yani Tseng Wins Hana Bank Championship

by Jeff Skinner

The “Year of Yani” continues.  World number one Yani Tseng won her sixth tournament of the season today at the Hana Bank Championship in South Korea.  The 22 year old Tseng is having the best season of any golfer on the planet with her top ranking, ten worldwide wins and six LPGA Tour wins, two of which are majors.

Tseng started the last round tied for second place with two time defending champion Na Yeon Choi and one stroke back of leader Soo-Jin Yang.  Tseng shot a five under 67 to get to 14 under par and finish one stroke ahead of Choi for the title.

Tseng played a bogey free round and she needed it to hold off Choi.  “It was very tough out there,” Tseng said. “Na Yeon Choi was playing so good today and especially after the back nine, she made two birdies in a row and I missed the birdie putt. But it’s just really ‑‑ I really enjoyed it out there, and it’s not easy. I tried to focus on every shot, every hole, and I mean, the crowd is amazing. When Na Yeon makes birdie, it was like a huge crowd, and I think it’s the first time in my life I saw that many people on a golf course.”

Brittany Lincicome was the low American as she shot a six under 66 to finish tied for third.

The LPGA continues next week in Malaysia and will play the next four weeks as it builds up to the season’s finale at the CME Group Titleholders in Orlando in mid-November.


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