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Yani Tseng Wins La Costa's Kia Classic

She took the home the trophy and $255,000 at the LPGA tournament that wrapped Sunday in La Costa.

Yani Tseng won her third victory in this year's five LPGA Tour tournaments by six shots over Sun Young Yoo.

Tseng, a native of Taiwan who is first in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, shot a two-under-par 70 Sunday on the South Course at for a four-round total of 14-under-par 274.

She received $255,000 for the victory, the sixth in her last 12 tournaments and second in a row. Tseng entered today's final round with a three-shot lead over Jiyai Shin and five shots ahead of Yoo, who began the round tied for third with Caroline Hedwall.

Shin, a South Korean ranked ranked eighth, cut the lead to two shots when she birdied the par-4 second hole. Tseng regained a three-shot lead with a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole. Shin fell four shot back when she bogeyed the par-three sixth, but moved back to within three shots with a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

Tseng's birdie on the par-four ninth put her five shots ahead of both Shin, who bogeyed the hole, and Yoo, who moved into a tie for second with a birdie. Yoo, a South Korean ranked 45th, moved into sole possession of second with a birdie on the 10th hole. Shin regained a tie for second with a birdie on the 11th.

Tseng's lead grew to six shots when Shin and Yoo both bogeyed the 12th and 13th holes. Tseng lost a shot off her lead when Shin birdied the 14th, but moved seven shots ahead of both Shin and Yoo with a birdie on the 15th which Shin bogeyed. Shin fell into third by bogeying the 16th, which Yoo birdied.

Tseng and Yoo both concluded the tournament with bogeys on the par-four 18th. Shin finished in a tie for third at seven-under-par 281 with Shanshan Feng of China, who began the round tied for 12th and shot a five-under-par 67, the day's lowest score and matching three other golfers for the tournament low. Yoo received $156,242 for her second-place finish at eight-under-par 280. Shin and Feng each earned $100,511.

This was the 12th time Tseng has led or shared the lead entering the final round of an LPGA tournament and the seventh time she went on to win. She failed to win each of the first four times, but has won seven of the last eight, with the only loss coming in last year's Kraft Nabisco Championship. Final-round tee times were adjusted because of the inclement weather forecast.

–City News Service

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