|Yani Tseng in tears with caddie Jason Hamilton|
It meant that she could fill another space in the roomy trophy cabinet she inherited from Annika Sorenstam when she bought the former world No.1’s home in Lake Nona, Florida. It was Tseng’s fifth victory as a professional and her fourth on the LPGA Tour.
Sorenstam, who is Tseng’s idol, had sent a text message the night before the final round, and Tseng had written her words in her yardage book.
“Yesterday she left me a message and she said I’m very happy to see you on top; that’s where you belong. I was very happy to get her message. And she said, just trust your ability and you will be fine,” she said.
It was the first time that Tseng had won a tournament after leading going into the final round, four times having thrown a lead away and she considered it her best victory.
“I think it’s the toughest win I feel. I always come from behind; I was never leading and won the tournament, I was always leading and lost. So today was really good. It meant a lot to me that I know I can do it when I really need to do it to win a tournament. I was nervous and tired,” she said.
“I was tired today because of all the pressure, all the tension. I was just really trying to focus because Katherine was really pushing me, and then I was just trying to stay relaxed, everything. It was a really tough day for me having a four shot lead going into Sunday.”