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In a blaze of glory- Yani Tseng wins the final Corning Classic

It was the Taiwan born golfer’s first LPGA win since last year’s LPGA Championship. From AP-

The LPGA Corning Classic certainly received a memorable farewell.

Just when Yani Tseng seemed headed for a playoff Sunday with fellow South Korean Soo-Yun Kang, Tseng watched in amazement as Kang missed a 3-foot par putt on the final hole.

Tseng, 2008 LPGA rookie of the year, finished at 21-under 267, one shot better than Kang (69) and Paula Creamer (65).

Japanese rookie Mika Miyazato (70) finished alone in fourth at 19 under, while Song-Hee Kim (67) of South Korea, Ai Miyazato (68) of Japan, Sandra Gal (69) of Germany and Vicky Hurst (69) were another shot back.

It was the second career victory for the 20-year-old Tseng, who won the 2008 McDonald’s LPGA Championship in a four-hole playoff with Maria Hjorth.

“I’ve been waiting for a year to win a tournament,” Tseng said. “I wrote my [winning] speech in January. Every time I get so close and I don’t win. This week I just let it go.”

Tseng finished 2nd five times last year, and once this year. That enabled her to climb to #2 in the Rolex rankings only to Lorena Ochoa. I think Yani is very talented, but I’m not sold that she is the second place female golfer on this planet.

Soo Yun Kang’s 2nd place finish was by far her best performance since the 2005 ADT Championship. I was pulling today for the ‘Fashion Model of the Fairways’. Partly because I planned to use the words Fashion plate in a headline. Another chance may never arise I fear.

For the second consecutive weeks an Asian born golfer has won on the LPGA Tour. I guarantee none will win next week. Only because there is no tournament. Just another hole in the LPGA schedule brought to you by Carolyn Bivens. Wouldn’t it have been nice if the players were going to Atlantic City instead?

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