Yani Tseng retains inaugural Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship trophy at home turf

(October 23, 2011; Taoyuan, Taiwan) Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng captured her seventh LPGA Tour victory of the 2011 season at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship at Sunrise Golf & Country Club in Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan. Tseng shot a final round six-under par 66 to finish at 16-under par and recorded a five-stroke victory over Azahara Munoz and Amy Yang.

The 2011 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, the first ever LPGA tournament to be held in Taiwan, has been deemed great success, drawing a record number of nearly 67,000 fans over four days of play.
 
While Tseng has found herself in the winner’s circle at five majors, this week’s victory reigns close to her heart.“It's incredible,” said Tseng.”I wish this year would never end.  I wish I could win more tournaments.  I have two tournaments left, and then I will do my best and I'm really happy what I did this year, and so keep learning and get some more experience and try to make more history.”
 
With her seventh LPGA Tour title this season, Tseng joins an illustrious category along with Babe Zaharias, Kathy Whitworth, Beth Daniel and Lorena Ochoa who have all notched seven LPGA Tour victories in the same season.
Going into Sunday’s final round Tseng held a two-stroke lead over Swede Anna Nordqvist. The duo exchanged birdies on the second but Tseng’s dominant play which included six birdies and zero bogeys prevailed her to her 12th career LPGA title.
 
In what is shaping up to be truly a year to remember for Tseng, she became the youngest player, male or female, to win five majors after her victory at the RICOH Women’s British Open.
 
Last year’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Azahara Munoz posted her second consecutive top-3 performance this week with a runner-up finish at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. The Spaniard found herself near the top of the leaderboard at last week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and finished in solo third.
 
The runner-up finish marks Yang’s second of the season and the third of her career. She previously lost in a playoff to Yani Tseng at this year’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.