Comeback kid

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

As Katherine Hull fought back tears of joy last night, Yani Tseng couldn't hide her pain.

While the 26-year-old Hull celebrated her first LPGA Tour victory last night in the CN Canadian Women's Open, Tseng, the third-round leader, walked off the green on No. 18 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club and burst into tears.

After shooting a final-round 77 and squandering a chance to win, the 19-year-old Tseng was too choked up to speak to the media. Her misfortune turned into Hull's gain.

Hull shot a 3-under 69 in her final tour of the Hunt Club's difficult layout and greens, surging from six strokes back to capture the winner's trophy along with $337,500 US in prize money.

"I'm ecstatic," said the fifth-year Tour veteran, who finished with an 11-under total of 277. "It's a dream come true. I just wanted to go out there and try to play the best I could. Obviously, I didn't expect to win. That's the way golf goes. It's four rounds and 18 holes and anything can happen."

Hull deserves credit for making four birdies in her final round, but Tseng gave her plenty of help. After parring the first two holes, the rookie bogeyed four of five holes from No. 3 to No. 7 before her disastrous double-bogey on the par-4, 349-yard 11th hole gave Hull the lead.

From there, veteran Se Ri Pak seized the chance to move into second.

Pak, who has 24 victories and more than $10 million in earnings in her LPGA career, tried to give Hull a run for her money on the 495-yard, par-5 18th hole, but came up two feet short of an eagle on a chip from the front of the green and finished one shot back of Hull.

'SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME'

"That should have been me," said Pak, watching the television screen in the media room as organizers prepared to hand the trophy to Hull.

The Korean had her share of missed opportunities. After watching Tseng bogey the 560-yard, par-5 sixth hole, Pak four-putted from 25 feet for a double-bogey 7. It probably cost her the title.

"I don't think I've ever four-putted in competition," she said.

After signing her scorecard, Tseng was led through a throng of spectators and disappeared into the clubhouse.

"That will happen. Not only to her, though," said Pak when asked what her advice to Tseng would be. "It's happened to me. Basically, golf is never a guarantee. You're leading by seven strokes, five strokes, one stroke, it doesn't really matter. This is probably a great experience for her to know this is going to happen and it's not going to be the last."

As for Hull, yesterday's win was a first she'll never forget.


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