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Disappointing putt ruins cool for Taiwan golfer at LGPA

TAIPEI -- It should have been a cause for joy.

Taiwan's Yani Tseng, the most accomplished female golfer on the planet just two years ago, had seemingly pulled out of her recent slump by finishing in a tie for second at the LPGA Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia on Sunday.

It was her best finish at an LPGA event on American soil since winning the KIA Classic in California in March 2012, and her payday of US$90,642 was more than she had won in her eight other LPGA tournaments this year combined.

Yet she still had a bad taste in her mouth after four-putting to double bogey the par-4 18th, dropping her into a tie for second with American Lexi Thompson and Australian Sarah Jane Smith, four strokes behind winner Lizette Salas of the United States.

"To finish this hole with four putts is really bad. Just screwed up my whole day. I've been hitting well. I'm not really happy," Tseng was quoted as saying on the LPGA website.

"Just very disappointed on the last hole. Didn't pick the right club for the second shot. Could be much better and closer to the hole," Tseng said.

The former world No. 1 said her final-hole ordeal was not the result of going for too much to put pressure on Salas but because she chose a six iron rather than a five iron for her approach shot that left her on the putting surface but well short of the hole.

Her nightmare on the green made it hard for her to appreciate her best result of the year.

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