Taiwan’s Yani Tseng won the Northwest Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers yesterday for her third LPGA Tour win of the year, shooting a 6-under-par 65 to rally past second-round leader Michelle Wie.
Tseng birdied four of five holes early on the back nine, then held on for a one-stroke victory over Wie with a birdie on No. 18. Tseng finished at 13-under 200.
Wie (69) gave up the lead on the back nine — the same half of the course she played in 7-under 28 during a scintillating stretch Saturday.
“She’s just so good,’’ Tseng said. “I just really play one shot at a time, but if I don’t make lots of birdies today, I couldn’t win.’’
Said Wie, “Yani played great. Usually, if you’re 12 under, it’s good enough. I played good today. I had faith in myself, a couple iron shots went a little bit left.’’
Mika Miyazato (64) was third at 10 under.
Tseng has five LPGA Tour victories, including three majors. She won the
Juli Inkster, who at 50 was trying to become the oldest player to win on the tour, entered the day tied for second, but shot 72 and finished seven shots back.
European — PGA champion Martin Kaymer shot a final-round 4-under 66 to win the KLM Open by four strokes in Hilversum, Netherlands.
The 25-year-old German, who led by one shot overnight, carded five birdies and only one bogey when he missed the green at the short 10th hole, to stay ahead all day and finish with a 14-under total of 266. Sweden’s Christian Nilsson and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti both shot 69s to tie for second at 10 under.
The win was Kaymer’s seventh on the tour and his third in 2010 following wins in Abu Dhabi and last month’s PGA Championship. He plans to take a week off before preparing for his European Ryder Cup debut at Celtic Manor.
Champions — Russ Cochran won the Songdo Championship in Incheon, Japan, for his first tour victory after making a birdie on the opening hole of a playoff with Fred Funk in the 50-and-over circuit’s first event in Asia.
The 51-year-old lefthander finished at 12-under 204 on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea to earn $456,000, the largest purse on the tour.