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Yani Tseng finishes 11th in Safeway Classic

2012/08/20 18:32:21

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Taiwan's Yani Tseng, the world's top-ranked female golfer, finished in 11th place after carding a one over-par 73 in the final round of the LPGA Safeway Classic tournament on Sunday at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon.

Although Tseng rose from 28th to fifth place after the second round, she was unable to catch up, firing five birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey to finish with a total of six-under 210 in the US$1.5 million tournament.

Heading into the final round four strokes behind leader Mike Miyazato of Japan, the 23-year-old's hope to end a winless spell stretching back to March was dampened after carding two bogeys and one double bogey on the back nine.

According to the American magazine Golfweek, Tseng, who has been battling a slump in her performance over the past two months, said ahead of the tournament that she was not expecting to win.

"I don't want to rush because I feel like I'm too rushed and it gets worse," she said.

Tseng's performance at the tournament however marked her best comeback since the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June, in which she finished 12th.

Before the Safeway Classic, Tseng had missed the cut in three of her four previous events. She tied for 50th at the U.S. Women's Open in early July.

Mika Miyazato of Japan won her first LPGA Tour title with rounds of 65. 68, 70 for an 13-under-par total of 203 in the Safeway Classic.

Two other Taiwanese golfers, Candie Kung and Amy Hung, finished tied for 38th and 44th places, respectively.

The three-round, 54-hole Safeway Classic has a 40 year history. Norwegian ace Suzann Pettersen won the 2011 title with a 207 total.

(By Lung Po-an and Maia Huang)