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Yani Tseng wins Taifong Ladies Open

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's top-ranked woman golfer Yani Tseng finished top with a 1-under 215 after three rounds at the 2014 Taiwan LPGA Tour Taifong Ladies Open in Changhua County yesterday, her first tournament win in 22 months.

Tseng, who also won the title in 2010 and 2011, climbed from being tied for fourth place in the second round to win the title. She fired six birdies and four bogeys in the final round for a two-under 70 and bagged the top prize of NT$2 million (US$66,000).

The key to winning is to beat “the devil inside you,” said Tseng, who led over runner-up Pan Yen-ling, also from Taiwan, by two strokes.

Although the 25-year-old player did not have an impressive start in the first round, she managed to relax and focus only on each hole as it was played, she said.

Because of the win, Tseng said she has more confidence in her ability to recapture her old form and is looking forward to the start of this year's LPGA's tour.

The former world No. 1 for 109-weeks currently ranks 39th since she only won once in March 2012 and had fewer top 10 finishes (four) than missed cuts (six) in 2013.

The three-round, 54-hole tournament drew 99 professional players from 10 countries with a total of NT$6,800,000 in prize money.

Taiwan's Teresa Lu, who is ranked 53rd and who also won the title in 2008, 2009 and 2012, did not compete this year.

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