||Ladies World Number One Yani Tseng successfully retained her title in the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday, beating Amy Yang of Korea on the first hole of a playoff on Sunday.
Tseng holed a winning 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for victory. Tseng and Yang had closed with 3-under 68s to finish at 12-under 201 on the Pinnacle Country Club course.
"I almost cry because today, like in the middle of the round, I felt like, 'Oh, I'm going to lose today." Because in my mind, I don't feel excitement. I don't make any birdie,"
"But I just telling myself, 'I need to get excited, need more focused, try to stretch, move around, just feel more.' Like the last three holes, I make some birdies, so that was very important for me."
Teng bogeyed the par-4 13th to drop to 10 under but managed to rally with birdies on holes no. 14 and 16, including an 8-foot putt on the latter to tie Yang.
Aggressive play on the 18th put Yang in trouble as her approach shot went wide, forcing her to chip on to save par. Tseng could have had a chance to win in regulation play but missed a 4-foot birdie putt to take the pair into a play off.
"After I saw her good third shot, I just want to make sure to make a par," Yang said. "You know, there's always, I mean, I'm not meaning she's going to miss that, but you never know what's going to happen."
The 22-year-old Tseng, from Taiwan, earned $300,000 to push her tour-leading total to $2,116,051.
Tseng also leads the tour with five victories this season, including at the majors with wins in the LGPA Championship and Women’s British Open.
Ai Miyazato (66) was third at 11 under, while the highest placed American was Cristie Kerr (68) at fourth, another stroke back.