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Tseng finishes 59th after struggling in LPGA championship

2012/06/11 14:29:12

Taipei, June 11 (CNA) The world's No. 1 female golfer, Yani Tseng, finished tied for 59th -- her worst performance in the last 26 tourneys -- at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York Sunday after struggling throughout the four-day event.

The defending champion carded a 4-over 76 in the final round for a total of 13-over 301 at the Locust Hill Country Club.

Tseng, 23, struggled to make the fairway, posting the lowest fairway hit rate of the four rounds -- 28.6 percent -- but her 27 putts were also the lowest in the tournament.

The last time Tseng performed so poorly on the LPGA tour was when she missed the cut at the Avnet Classic in 2011. In 2010's Kia Classic, she finished 9-over 297 -- the worst she had ever carded in four-day events.

Tseng's competitor from her junior years, 22-year-old Feng Shanshan of China, rose from seventh after the third round to claim her first career title at 6-under 282, firing five birdies in a bogey-free round for the week's lowest score of 67.

Feng became the first player from China to win an LPGA major.

Despite Tseng's poor performance, Feng spoke highly of the 2008 first-time winner.

"I was always trying to chase her," Feng said of Tseng's achievements. "Right now, I'm still chasing her. But I got a little closer."

(By Lung Po-an and Kendra Lin)
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