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Yani Tseng wins the Australian Open

The #6 player in the world gets her first win of 2010. From AP-

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng won the Women’s Australian Open on Sunday, birdieing seven of the last 12 holes for a bogey-free 7-under 66 and a three-stroke victory over 2009 winner Laura Davies.Yani Tseng2

The sixth-ranked Tseng, the 2008 LPGA Championship winner, had a 9-under 283 total on the Commonwealth Golf Club course. She opened with rounds of 74, 71 and 72 to begin the day four strokes behind third-round leader Karrie Webb.

“It was very exciting, my whole body is still shaking,” Tseng said before the trophy presentation. “My heart is still at over 200 beats a minute. I just felt I needed to get some more birdies coming home, and it worked out.”

She birdied the final two holes and hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation.

Tseng is one of the top 5 or so players in the world. I don’t think she’ll ever be #1,(Yani has two LPGA wins but over a half dozen second place finishes. She has had problems closing tournaments) but you’re going to hear her name alot in the next decade.

Two more weeks till the LPGA makes landfall in the United States. There are rumors of new 2011 tournaments in St. Petersburg Florida, Florence South Carolina, and near Charlotte NC. Ladies professional golf is looking better.

The Constructivist at Mostly Harmless is also blogging on Tseng’s win.

Update- Sal Johnson at Golf Observer is also commenting on Yani’s victory.

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