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Tseng finishes tied for 26th at British Open

2012/09/17 19:56:23

Hoylake, England, Sept. 16 (CNA) World No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan struggled along with most of the field at the Ricoh Women's British Open Sunday, finishing tied for 26th at 11-over 299.

The 57 players who made the cut Saturday played the final two rounds Sunday in blustery winds and occasional downpours that had already forced the cancellation of play Friday.

Only 15 rounds of even-par or better were shot on the final day, and only the champion, Jiyai Shin of South Korea, who finished at 9-under 279, had a four-round total under par.

Tseng entered Sunday nine shots behind Shin after having shot two consecutive even-par rounds and played relatively well on the final day except for a few disastrous holes, a problem that has plagued her for much of this year.

Tseng shot a 4-over 76 in the third round, including a double bogey on the par-5 fifth, and a 7-over 79 in the final round that included a triple bogey on the par-4 third and a rare quintuple bogey on the par-4 14th.

The 23-year-old player, who has not had a top 10 finish in a stroke play event on the LPGA Tour since mid-April, said the weather conditions at the Holyake course Sunday were the worst she's ever seen on the LPGA Tour.

"I didn't expect the wind would be that strong. It really affected where the ball landed," she told CNA.

But she didn't use that as an excuse for periods of poor play, chastising herself for a poor second shot on the third hole and bad judgment on the 14th, when she teed off in pouring rain that made some players feel like they were standing under a shower.

"I normally wouldn't tee off in those conditions, but my caddie and I figured that to get the round over more quickly, the tournament would not suspend play," Tseng said.

Moments after her errant tee shot, which she never found, play was suspended for about eight minutes.

Aside from a couple of misfortunes, Tseng felt she played well but did not have much luck on her side.

"Some balls just didn't fall into the hole in the end even though I hit good putts," she said.

Although Tseng, who entered the tournament having won the previous two Women's British Opens, failed to defend her title, she said she still had confidence in herself.

Two other Taiwanese made the cut and were in action Sunday. Candie Kung finished in 38th place at 13 over par. Amy Hung finished tied for 43rd at 15 over par.

Hung started Sunday at 2 over par, but played herself out of contention with five bogeys on the back nine in the third round.

(By Jennifer Huang and Maia Huang)