Tseng finishes T-2, heads home with momentum

Yani Tseng takes some strong momentum in her return home to Taiwan for next week’s Fubon LPGA Championship in Taipei.

With a 4-under-par 68 Sunday, Tseng tied for second at the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea, one shot behind the winner, Lexi Thompson.

That’s three finishes of fifth or better now in Tseng’s last four LPGA starts. She was also second at the Yokohoma Tire Classic in late August and fifth at the Sime Darby in Malaysia last week.

“Getting closer and closer,” Tseng said. “I’m feeling very good about my game today, and actually the whole week. I know I left some shots out there, but I do my best. Still trying to do my best to win the game and to fight to the end.”

Tseng is seeking her first LPGA title since she won the Kia Classic three and a half years ago. She reigned as Rolex world No. 1 for 109 consecutive weeks at the top of her game but slid to as low as No. 90 earlier this year. She is projected to move to No. 35 with Sunday’s runner-up finish.

After making a double bogey at the 10th hole Sunday in South Korea, Tseng rebounded with three birdies over the final seven holes, including back-to-back birdies to close her round.

“I’m just looking forward to a win,” Tseng said. “I came to Asia for these five weeks, looking for a win. I know every week is getting close, and next week in Taiwan, it would be a great win in Taiwan.”

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