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Tseng wins LPGA's first major

| April 5, 2010 9:00 PM


The only time all day that Yani Tseng wasn't in control was when she took the traditional leap into the water at the 18th green after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

With her mother, caddie and several friends also taking the plunge Sunday, Tseng jumped as far into the pond as she could, then remembered that she can't swim.

"I told my caddie, 'I don't know how to swim, can you help me to get on the top?' It was a little scary," she said.

Everything else about Tseng's day had her smiling. She eagled the second hole and pulled ahead of a star-studded field with a 4-under 68 for her second major title.

Tseng, from Taiwan, finished at 13-under 275 at Mission Hills to hold off Suzann Pettersen by a stroke. Two of Tseng's three LPGA Tour victories have been majors - she won the 2008 LPGA Championship as a rookie, beating Maria Hjorth in a four-hole playoff.


Anthony Kim made a par on the first playoff hole to beat Vaughn Taylor and win the Houston Open in Humble, Texas, for his third PGA Tour title.

Kim and Taylor were tied at 12-under 276, after Kim missed a 6-foot par putt on the 18th hole.

They played No. 18 again in the playoff and Kim made a routine 4, two-putting from 30 feet. Taylor hit a bad drive, played out of the greenside bunker and came up short on his 18-foot par putt.

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