Tseng fends off Hull for British Open title

Yani Tseng of Taiwan poses for photographers after winning the British Women's Open golf tournament...

Yani Tseng of Taiwan poses for photographers after winning the British Women's Open golf tournament on August 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Nigel Roddis)

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SOUTH PORT, England - Yani Tseng rolled in a five-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday to hold off Katherine Hull and win the Women's British Open by a single stroke.

Tseng only managed a one-over 73 in the final round at Royal Birkdale, but it was enough for her third major championship title and fourth win overall. She finished at 11-under-par 277.

"It feels very special for me to win the British Open because it was a very difficult course," stated Tseng. "Katherine played awesome today. She really pushed me a lot."

The 21-year-old from Taiwan became the youngest golfer in the modern era -- male or female -- with three major championship titles. She also won the 2008 LPGA Championship and earlier this season captured the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

"I have three majors already, and this is my third year on tour," Tseng said. "I'm 21 years old, three majors. It's like, nobody can think that way."

Hull, who was looking for her first major championship title, closed with a two-under 70 to take second at minus-10.

Na Yeon Choi (68) and In-Kyung Kim (71) shared third place at seven-under-par 281. Cristie Kerr closed with a two-under 70 to end in a tie for fifth at minus-six with Amy Yang (68) and Hee Kyung Seo (70).

With a one-shot lead heading to the last hole, Tseng found sand off the tee. After blasting into the fairway, she hit her third shot to the back right fringe. Hull hit her tee shot into the right rough, then knocked her second over the green.

Hull played her third to about 18 feet. Tseng left her lengthy birdie effort five feet short and could barely look as Hull tried to convert her birdie putt to force a playoff.

Hull's putt missed the hole on the left and it was up to Tseng.

"It started on line and had good speed and came close to the hole, but didn't drop," said Hull of her putt at the 18th. "So disappointing, but I did the best I could. I actually felt good coming into the week. There are lots of positives I can take from the week, so I'm really happy."

Tseng calmly poured in the par-saving putt to pick up her second major championship of the season.

Hull knocked in her par putt to settle for her best finish of the season and her first top-five finish in a major championship.

Tseng led by four at the start of the final round, but that was nearly erased by the time she walked to the fourth tee.

Hull, who was in the final group with Tseng, rolled in back-to-back birdie putts from the second. Tseng parred the first two, but bogeyed the third after finding sand off the tee and needing to play out of the bunker backwards.

As quickly as her lead dropped to one, it was back to three after a big turning point at the fourth. Tseng drained a long birdie putt, while Hull tripped to a bogey to fall three back.

Tseng tapped in a three-footer for birdie at the par-five sixth to extend her lead back to four. However, that was the last birdie she would make.

At the eighth, she found more sand off the tee and had to pitch out sideways. Tseng hit her third to six feet, but missed the par putt. Her lead was still four, though, as Hull also made bogey after finding sand off the tee.

Tseng, who had one bogey through three rounds, three-putted at the 10th for her third bogey of the final round.

"That was the worst bogey I made this week," Tseng admitted.

With a three-stroke lead, Tseng started a run of pars and Hull inched closer. The Australian drained a 30-footer for birdie on 11 and got within one with an five-foot birdie putt on the 13th.

With three par fives in the final five holes, there were plenty of chances for both players to pick up more strokes. However, neither was able to do so.

Tseng two-putted for par on 14, then lipped out a five-foot birdie putt on 15. She had birdie chances from inside 15 feet at 16 and 17, but was unable to make either.

Hull two-putted three in a row from the 14th. She had 12 feet for birdie and a share of the lead at 17, but that putt lipped out.

NOTES: Tseng is the first LPGA Tour player to win two majors in the same season since Annika Sorenstam did so in 2005... Se Ri Pak had been the youngest three-time major winner on the LPGA Tour, earning No. 3 at the age of 23...Inbee Park carded a six-under 66 Sunday for low round of the day...Caroline Hedwell was the only amateur to make the cut and she closed with her best round of the week, a two-under 70 to finish tied for 27th at three-over-par 291.


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