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Taiwan's Tseng finishes second in Aussie Open

TAIPEI--Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng finished in second place on Sunday in the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open with a 16-under-par 276, while South Korea's Jiyai Shin won the championship.

Tseng, who has stayed at the top of the women's world rankings for two years, fired six birdies, one eagle, and one bogey in the final round.

However, she remained two strokes behind Shin, who claimed the title of the four-round tourney with a total purse of US$1.2 million.

Tied for fourth place with a 9-under 210 after the third round, Tseng surged in the final day of the year's first LPGA tournament at Royal Canberra.

Her performance was seen as a good sign for Tseng's continuing recovery from a slump which began in late 2012 when she failed to make the top 10 in eleven consecutive tournaments after the ShipRite LPGA Classic in June.

Hoping to maintain her momentum, Tseng is also set to defend her title in the Thailand Open from Feb. 21-24.

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