Long wait is worth it for Yani Tseng

Taiwan's Yani Tseng won the LPGA Founders Cup by a shot on Sunday for her 14th career victory. She beat Ai Miyazato and Na Yeon Choi by a shot.

PHOENIX — Yani Tseng two-putted for par from 40 feet in fading light to hold off Ai Miyazato and Na Yeon Choi by a stroke Sunday in the LPGA Founders Cup.


The top-ranked Taiwanese star won her 14th LPGA Tour title and second in four events this year. She closed with 4-under-par 68 to finish at 18 under.

The second-ranked Choi also shot 68, and Miyazato had 69.

Three strokes behind Miyazato at the turn, Tseng birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine and closed with three pars.

Because of lightning near the Wildfire Golf Club, play was delayed three times for a total of three hours.

Tseng holed her winning 2-foot putt at 6:45 p.m. – 8 hours, 4 minutes after the leaders teed off and seven minutes after sunset.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Newport Beach, Calif., Loren Roberts shot 2-under-par 69 to win the Toshiba Classic by two strokes over Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Kite and Bernhard Langer.

Roberts made a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole to ensure the victory after bogeys on three of the previous four holes.

Roberts began the day two strokes behind Calcavecchia, but made birdies on three of his first four holes.

Calcavecchia shot 73, Langer 70 and Kite 69.

The Champions Tour victory was Roberts’ 13th and he earned $262,500. His last victory was in 2010, a 34-tournament span.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Marbella, Spain, Julien Quesne tied the course record with 8-under-par 64 to win the Andalucian Open for his first Tour victory.

The 31-year-old birdied four of his final five holes to finish at 17 under, winning by two strokes ahead of Matteo Manassero (68).

“This is the best day of my life. I have been dreaming of this moment since I was 10,” said Quesne, who set up the victory by hitting a 4-iron 220 yards to seven feet for birdie on No. 18.

“It was not easy, you know. Matteo, Miguel (Angel Jimenez), Eduardo de la Riva, they all played good.

The 18-year-old Manassero kept alive his hopes of making his professional debut next month at the Masters Tournament.

However, he now needs to win the final qualifying event in Europe to make it to Augusta. The Hassan 11 Trophy in Morocco starts Thursday.

“I go to Morocco tomorrow and hopefully get myself into Augusta. I don’t know what I have to do, but if I win then that should go a long way to helping me qualify,” said Manassero, who started the week ranked 63rd in the world.

Like Manessero, Robert Rock, is also trying to make the Masters by finishing in the top 50 in the world a week from today. Rock (72 on Sunday) tied for 17th and dropped to 57th.

Former Augusta State standout Oliver Wilson shot 70 and finished tied for 26th.



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