Pettersen successfully defends title at US$2 mil. Sunrise LPGA tournament
CNATAIPEI -- World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen successfully defended her title at the US$2 million Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship yesterday, with Spaniard Azahara Munoz close behind in the final round.
October 28, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Starting the day with a three-day total of 6-under 210, the Norwegian finished off her final-round 69 to win the US$300,000 first prize. Munoz finished second, five shots behind.
Taiwan's Yani Tseng said that she deserved an “F” for her poor performance at the championship.
Tseng, who started the day with a three-round total of 10-over 226, had a smooth start Sunday as the former world ranked No. 1 shot a birdie on the 13th.
The 24-year-old, however, later bogeyed on the tricky 373-yard par-4 7th to finish tied for 40th.
“I would only give myself a 59 (out of 100) for my performance,” said Tseng, who finished third on the Taiwan leg of the LPGA Tour last year and won the tournament the year before.
“If the scores for the first two rounds and the last two rounds were calculated separately, I would get better scores (for the last two),” she joked.
The Taiwanese player said she repeated the same mistakes, hitting too softly on several holes on a course she has dominated in the past.
“I putted much better today, compared with the first two rounds,” she said after the final round, noting that she had three-putting six times in the second round, six bogeys and no birdies.
Frustrated by her uncooperative putter, Tseng finished with a two-round total of 10-over 184 on Friday, and later regained her previous level of play over the weekend.
Wearing her lucky color pink Sunday, the local favorite said it was a pity that she did poorly in the first two rounds. “I simply fell way behind,” she added.
A total of 78 players competed in the tournament, being held Oct. 24-27 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taoyuan County, North Taiwan.
Suzann Pettersen of Norway poses for photos with her Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship trophy in Taoyuan, yesterday. (CNA)
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