Suzann Pettersen wards off Inbee Park to win by 3 shots for 2nd win in two weeks Yani Tseng finishes in third place

Suzann Pettersen wards off Inbee Park to win by 3 shots for 2nd win in two weeks
Yani Tseng finishes in third place

(Taipei, October 28, 2012) Suzann Pettersen, winner of last week’s LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship, shot a 3-under 69 in tough windy conditions in the final round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship to ward off overnight leader Inbee Park of Korea by 3 shots and captured her second win in as many weeks in addition to a USD 300,000 paycheck.

Taiwan’s local favorite Yani Tseng, who started off 4 shots back, fought from the first tee to the 18th green but still came up short in her attempt to defend the title, finishing with a 71 and sitting at third place with 273. Inbee Park, winner of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2 weeks ago, lost her putting touch to close with a 74 and finish in the second place with a total of 272, 3 shots adrift of Pettersen’s 269.

“It is a great win for me especially when I am coming back from behind in tough conditions like today. I knew nobody was going low today with the wind blowing the way it was, so I just focused on every shot and stuck to my game plan and not paying attention to others,” said Pettersen, who recorded her second back-to-back LPGA win since October 2007 when she won consecutive tournaments in Korea and Thailand.

Yani had her chances early on but failed to put together her rally as she continued to have some problems with her iron shots. “We had a little tough day, but I really enjoyed this week to come back home and play in the LPGA tournament here. So many fans came out to cheer for me and to give me 100 percent support, so I really, really appreciate that. I can't wait to come back next year to play well,” said Yani, who has recorded successive 3rd place finish after a prolong drought of top-10 finish over the past 7 months.

The USD 2 million Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, the only LPGA-sanctioned event in Taiwan, drew more than 39,000 spectators over 4 rounds of world-class golf competition. Fans were so supportive of Yani that they not only followed and cheered for Yani’s every shot, but also cheered for Park’s missed shots. “ I feel sorry for Inbee today out there,” said Yani. “Coming in I know what to expect because I know Yani has a lot of fans here and this is her home town. But I still feel a little hurt out there. Anyway, I will take it as an experience and move forward.”

Scottish veteran Catriona Matthew shot a 2-under 70 to finish at fourth with 274. Korea’s So Yeon Ryu, who has virtually locked up Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, fired a field-best 68 to finish in the fifth place with 278. Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and Cristi Kerr of the US tied for 6th place with 279.

Korea’s Na Yeon Choi, who was celebrating her 25th birthday today at the Sunrise G&C with her fans, carded a 73 to finish tied 8th with Julieta Granada of Paraguay and Azahara Munoz of Spain.

Defending champion Yani Tseng finishes 3rd with 273

Michelle Wie (L) showers Suzann Pettersen with champaign on the 18th greeen

Suzann Pettersen receives trophy from Sunrise Group chairman Tien Ya Hsu

Suzann Pettersen wards off Inbee Park to win Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship by 3 shots