Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng had fans on edge on the 18th green at the 2010 Women’s British Open. She made her final putt to win the tournament by one stroke over Australian Katherine Hull. Even the best online sportsbooks had set Tseng as an underdog to win the tournament.
The 28 year-old Brisbane native trailed by four strokes heading into the final round Sunday, and shrank Tseng’s lead to one stroke by the end of the round. Both players marched down the 18th fairway with victory on their mind, but only one would walk out of Royal Birkdale with the winner’s trophy.
Tseng dropped a par put on 18 to win with a 11-under 277 for the tournament. Her score of 73 on Sunday was just enough to outlast the surging Hull. After the match, Tseng said she felt a little pressure from Hull, but didn’t let the fact that she was playing from the front hurt her confidence.
“I was nervous and tired with all the pressure and attention out there today,” Tseng said. “Katherine played really well and put me under a lot of pressure. It was the toughest win I’ve had to date. I usually come from behind to win. I’ve never won from the front before.”
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Anika Sorenstam sent Tseng a message Saturday night that sent her confidence through the roof.
“She said, ‘I’m very happy to see you on top, that’s where you belong,’ and wished me good luck for today,” she said.
Hull started her round by making up three shots on Tseng with birdies on two and three. Hull hit a 5-wood on two to 12 feet, and followed up that shot with a 8-iron to 40 at the fourth. She missed a chance at a birdie and a tiebreaker on 17. Despite her impressive form, the most trusted online sportsbooks didn’t have her among the favorites.
“I’ll probably be working on my short game after that finish,” Hull said with a smile. “I couldn’t believe when that putt on 17 stayed out, but, never mind, I did the best I could. I felt pretty good coming into the week, so there are lots of positives I can take from my performance.”
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Na Yeon Choi and In kyung Kim tied for third with 7-under 281 scores, and Christie Kerr tied for fifth at 6-under. Amy Yangon and Heekyung Seo tied the American.
Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall received the Smyth Salver award for the best performance by an amateur. She shot a 3-over 291.
Online sportsbooks had set Tseng as a 20/1 underdog to win the British Open. Kerr was favored at 9/1.