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Yani Tseng Wins Honda Thailand Tournament

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Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng shot 6-under-par 66 on Sunday to win the season-opening Honda LPGA Thailand by five shots over Michelle Wie.

The 22-year-old began her 2011 season with victories on the Ladies European Tour (LET) at the Australian Open and Australian Ladies Masters in consecutive weeks prior to this week’s LPGA season opener. She is projected to retain the No. 1 spot in women’s professional golf entering next week’s HSBC Women’s Champions. Tseng has now teed it up four times in 2011, including a small professional event inTaiwan, with four victories.

The overnight leader, Tseng kept herself in contention with six birdies in her first 13 holes before her first-and-only blemish of the day at 14, where she made bogey. She rebounded with a birdie at 15 and never looked back, claiming her sixth-career LPGA Tour victory at 15-under-par 273. With the win, Tseng earns $217,500 and an early lead on the LPGA Official Money List and Rolex Player of the Year race.

Michelle Wie earned runner-up honors at 10-under-par 278 on Sunday.
The long-hitting Hawaiian shot 2-under-par 70 playing alongside winner Yani Tseng in the day’s final group. Wie, a two-time LPGA winner, banks $140,360 with the second-place finish.

Tseng is going to Canyon Ranch.
With her victory at the 2011 Honda LPGA Thailand, Yani Tseng earned an all-inclusive stay for two at a Canyon Ranch resort. In a combined effort to promote health and overall well-being among Tour players, Canyon Ranch will provide every winner of an LPGA event with one all-inclusive stay at one of Canyon Ranch’s two destination resorts.

Tseng takes lead in LPGA opener, Wie & Kim one back


Honda PTT LPGA Thailand Siam Country Club, Old Course

Chonburi, Thailand Feb. 21, 2011

Third-round notes and interviews

YANI TSENG, -9, Rolex Rankings No. 1

I.K. KIM, -8, Rolex Rankings No. 7

MICHELLE WIE, -8, Rolex Rankings No. 11

PAULA CREAMER, -7, Rolex Rankings No. 10

KARRIE WEBB, -6, Rolex Rankings No. 14 and LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng leads entering the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand. The 2010 Rolex Player of the Year eagled the par-5 18th hole on Saturday to take a one-shot lead at 9-under-par 207 over first- and second-round leader I.K. Kim and Rolex Rankings No. 11 Michelle Wie. Tseng is in search of a win for the third-consecutive week following victories on the Ladies European Tour in Australia each of the last two Sundays. TheTaiwan native and Orlando resident has five-career LPGA victories, including three major championships, and is quickly approaching the $5 million mark in career earnings. Tseng carded five birdies, three bogies, one double bogey and the 18th hole eagle for a round of 2-under-par 70.

Some of the LPGA’s top names are in pursuit of Tseng for the season-opening title. Michelle Wie, seeking her third LPGA title in three years, and three-time winner I.K. Kim are tied for second at 8-under-par 208. Each closed Saturday’s second round with back-to-back birdies to put the pressure on Tseng come Sunday. Reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer birdied three of her final five holes to sneak into solo fourth. Creamer, who would cross the $8 million mark in career earnings with a win tomorrow, is in search of her 10th LPGA victory and redemption for a withdrawal from the 2010 Honda LPGA Thailand due to a thumb injury. Not to be forgotten is LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Karrie Webb, who turned in a 4-under-par 68 on Saturday to move into fifth at 6-under-par 210. Webb, a 36-time winner Tour winner, is second all-time in LPGA history with more than $15.7 million earned.

Of note… 15-year-old Thai amateur Ariya Jutanugarn turned in the round of the day with a 4-under-par 67 and sits in a tie for 11th… LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Juli Inkster held the third-round lead after birdies at holes one and three, but shot 2-over-par 74 and is tied for seventh… 14 players are within six shots (the number Ai Miyazato trailed entering last year’s final round) of the lead… Three players – Tseng, Wie and Creamer – have broken par each round… Saturday’s course average was 73.65, nearly 1.3 strokes higher than the previous two rounds

Yani Tseng, -9

Q. On her day.

YANI TSENG: It was a very exciting finishing eagle, that’s for sure. Nice to have a one-shot lead over I.K. and Michelle. It was better for me today. A tough start with a double bogey on the second hole, but I had a good comeback and I stayed really patient today. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

Michelle Wie, -8

Q. On her round.

MICHELLE WIE: On the front-nine, I putted horribly, couldn’t make a single thing, but on the back-nine I put myself together. It was hot out there and you have to focus because you find yourself getting tired. Tomorrow, hopefully I’ll get started off good, make birdies and learn from my mistakes.

Paula Creamer, -7

Q. On her day.

PAULA CREAMER: I started off not great, 1-over after the first hole. I haven’t played the par-5’s that well. I finished strong, played a lot better on the back-nine than the front. Kind of settled down. The golf course is playing awesome. It’s playing hard and in certain spots you can’t get up and down. Tomorrow the pin placements will be just as tough as today so you’ll have to be consistent.

Q. On being in the hunt this year versus withdrawing last year.

PAULA CREAMER: It’s definitely nice to tee it up on Sunday. This time last year I was seeing doctors. Everything happens for a reason. It was unfortunate that it happened here in Thailand, but it did and I wanted to come back and give myself an opportunity on Sunday. That’s what I’ve done.

Karrie Webb, -6

Q. Talk about your day.

KARRIE WEBB: Really solid day. Gave myself a lot of opportunities. The greens are really fast and I hit it close, but didn’t give myself easy putts. Felt like I left a few out there, but I stayed patient and I’m pretty happy with 4-under.

Q. Just talk about your offseason, anything you were working on.

KARRIE WEBB: Yeah, I didn’t do a lot after I played Lorena’s event until the New Year. I did a little bit, but not much. I was back in Florida in January and practiced like I do every year, worked out, all that stuff. Last two weeks have been a little scratchy ballstriking-wise, but the last two days I’ve been


The 2011 LPGA Tour season tees off in Thailand on Thursday.

Newly crowned Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng will look to keep her position atop women’s professional golf, while defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 6 Ai Miyazato hopes to defend her 2010 title. The battle for the top spot in women’s golf will pick up where it left off in 2010 with a host of players challenging to be the world’s No. 1 ranked golfer. Siam Country Club’s Old Course will test a star-powered 60-player field that includes 2007 champion Suzann Pettersen, who recorded her first of six 2010 runner-up finishes at the event last season.

Tseng’s on a roll. Taiwan’s Yani Tseng arrives in Thailand this week on the heels of back-to-back victories on the Ladies European Tour (LET) at the Australian Ladies Open and Australian Ladies Masters. A three-time major winner on the LPGA Tour, the 22-year-old Tseng became the second-youngest Rolex Player of the Year in Tour history last season. Tseng is paired in the first round with reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion and fellow Orlando resident Paula Creamer.

Of note… In two trips to the Old Course at Siam Country Club, Suzann Pettersen is a combined 41-under-par with one victory and one runner-up finish to her credit… Jiyai Shin underwent lasik surgery in December and is now playing glasses-free… The golf course absorbed four inches of rain during Tuesday’s practice round… U.S. television coverage of the Honda LPGA Thailand starts Friday at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Honda PTT LPGA Thailand

Siam Country Club, Old Course

Chonburi, Thailand

Feb. 21, 2011

Pre-tournament notes and interviews

The 2011 LPGA Tour season tees off in Thailand on Thursday. Newly crowned Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng will look to keep her position atop women’s professional golf, while defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 6 Ai Miyazato hopes to defend her 2010 title. The battle for the top spot in women’s golf will pick up where it left off in 2010 with a host of players challenging to be the world’s No. 1 ranked golfer. Siam Country Club’s Old Course will test a star-powered 60-player field that includes 2007 champion Suzann Pettersen, who recorded her first of six 2010 runner-up finishes at the event last season.

Tseng’s on a roll. Taiwan’s Yani Tseng arrives in Thailand this week on the heels of back-to-back victories on the Ladies European Tour (LET) at the Australian Ladies Open and Australian Ladies Masters. A three-time major winner on the LPGA Tour, the 22-year-old Tseng became the second-youngest Rolex Player of the Year in Tour history last season. Tseng is paired in the first round with reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion and fellow Orlando resident Paula Creamer.

Of note… In two trips to the Old Course at Siam Country Club, Suzann Pettersen is a combined 41-under-par with one victory and one runner-up finish to her credit… Jiyai Shin underwent lasik surgery in December and is now playing glasses-free… The golf course absorbed four inches of rain during Tuesday’s practice round… U.S. television coverage of the Honda LPGA Thailand starts Friday at 12:30 p.m. EST.

AI MIYAZATO, 2010 Honda LPGA Thailand champion and Rolex Rankings No. 6

MIKE SCANLAN: We’d like to welcome Ai Miyazato, the defending champion of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Ai, you began a career-year last season with chip-in birdie on the 72nd second hole to win this event. How does it feel to be back here?

AI MIYAZATO: Well, I shot 9-under-par on Sunday. It feels like, “how did I shoot 20-under on this golf course?” I played really solid. The people here are so nice to us and it’s perfect for the first tournament. I’m really happy to be back again.

Q. Last year, you won five times and reached Rolex Rankings No. 1. What are your goals this season?

AI MIYAZATO: Well, of course being No. 1 is my biggest goal this year and also Player of the Year. Just trying to make that happen. I’m working really hard.

Q. Can you tell us about your offseason. What did you work on and what did you do away from golf?

AI MIYAZATO: Honestly, I didn’t have time for rest because I was really busy in Japan all of December. It was nice to be home after the New Year to spend time with my family and my nieces. It was nice and relaxed. Afterwards, I went back to Phoenix to practice. I saw my mental coaches, Pia and Lynn, from Vision 54. I had a chance to create good, quality practice, but I felt like it was the shortest offseason I’ve had because I was so busy.

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