Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:23 am

Tseng Three Times a Lady LPGA Champion

Yani Tseng wins for the third time in consecutive weeks. Tseng finished first, this time in the LPGA Honda Thailand.  Starting the day with a one stroke lead over I.K. Kim and Michelle Wie, Tseng separated herself from the pack on the back nine to finish 15 under par.

In Kyung Kim imploded with a quintuple bogey on the par four seventeenth to take herself out of contention leaving Michelle Wie to finish second.

Tseng, Kim and Wie all finished the front nine 3 under par.  On the tenth hole, the 505 yd par five Michelle Wie looked as if she would put pressure on the leader.  Her second shot was perfect on the green leaving her a possible eagle from 18 feet.  Tseng played safe having an easy layup to the green and a very makeable birdie putt.

Playing in the group just in front of Tseng and Wie, In Kyung Kim looked as if she was going to make this a tournament when she too played safe and birdied the tenth hole to temporarily tie Tseng for first place at 12 under.

Michelle only needed to get it close and be certain not to be in danger of losing ground.  Instead she pushed her putt to the right and left her birdie attempt 12 ft away.  Wie ended up saving par (-11) but Tseng made her birdie to once again be in the lead outright (-13).  The tenth hole had been a big swing that Wie would never be able to make up. Kim was now in second by one and Wie two having lost valuable ground she bet the ranch on to make up the deficit.

On the par four 13th hole Kim almost made eagle when her second shot crossed the right corner of the cup.  How it managed not to drop in remains to be seen but once again Kim made birdie to put herself in a tie with Tseng (-13).

Tseng seldom showing emotion played brilliantly down the stretch regaining the lead with a birdie of her own to go -14 for the tournament. 

The seventeenth hole proved to be the undoing for I.K. Kim as she left her second shot right of the elevated green.  Her third and fourth flop shots hit the top of the hill and rolled back.  The third shot over shot the green as Kim shot five over par on one hole to drop back with into a tie with playing partner Paula Creamer.  Creamer would bogey the 18th and finsh in a tie for fifth.  Kim and Webb finished in a tie for third.

Yani Tseng right now is the undisputed #1 golfer on the Ladies tour making her not 1 not 2 but 3 times a lady champion already this year.<sup></sup>

Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:57 am

Tseng Old Tseng Old for Honda LPGA

Yani Tseng eagled the par 5 18th hole to take a two stroke lead over I.K. Kim and Michelle Wie.  Tseng is one round away from winning the first three tournaments of the year and firmly establishing herself as the best women golfer on the planet.

In-Kyung Kim is also showing that Korean golfers are still amongst the best in the world and shot even par to remain one stroke back with Korean American Michelle Wie.

Michelle Wie shot a one under 71 to be in contention for her first win of the year.  Coming to the 18th hole two back Wie place her third shot on  about 4 feet from the cup.  Today she made sure she made it after failing the day before on a two foot put that would have allowed her to be tied for the lead in the second round.  Now in the third round she remains only one back.

The problem is that no one seems to have an answer for Yani Tseng.  Prior to the 18th hole Tseng bogeyed the two previous holes to slip from 9 under to 7 under and in a four way tie for first place. 

Others in contention going into the final round are Paula Creamer (4th) who shot a two-under par round of 70.  American Karrie Webb (5th) shot the tied the best round of the day with a 68.  Also shooting a 68 was Korean M.J. Hur (6th).
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