Yani Tseng First to Capture Back-to-Back Titles
Rolex World No. 1 Yani Tseng (66-67-68 = 201) won in thrilling fashion over Amy Yang to successfully defend her title at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Tseng and Yang began the final round as co-leaders and shot matching 3-under 68s to finish the day tied at 12-under-par. Tseng then went on to make birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to repeat as champion. Tseng’s victory marks the fifth of the season and earned her a $300,000 payday.
After her round Tseng expressed her gratitude for the support of the NW Arkansas community saying, “It was pretty cool, [the crowd] were not just cheering for Stacy and they were cheering for everybody. Every hole was like a big crowd.”
Following an errant second shot on the par-5 No. 18, Yang’s chance at victory seemed all but gone. However, she saved par with a long two-putt. Tseng looked keen to capture the title in regulation, but pushed her birdie putt left and settled for a playoff and replay of No. 18.
After solid tee shots, both Yang and Tseng went for the green in two and put their shots past the hole. Yang landed on the back fringe and Tseng ended up just off the back of the green. Both players putted to within six feet, with Tseng leaving herself a similar putt to the one she missed in regulation. Yang proceeded to miss her birdie attempt, while Tseng confidently made her birdie to win the trophy and her second consecutive tournament title.
Tseng and Yang held off multiple runs from several of the world’s best on the final day, including World No. 7 Ai Miyazato who finished one stroke back at 11-under-par. Cristie Kerr (World No. 3) finished fourth at 10-under, while Sandra Gal shot the round of the day, a 7-under 64, to finish T5 with Amy Hung and Belen Mozo. World No.9 Paula Creamer and local favorite Stacy Lewis finished T8.
Tseng’s win concluded a memorable day in the tournament’s history as final round competition fell on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. A brief ceremony hosted by U.S. Rep. and military veteran Steve Womack took place following play and featured a special military flyover by four A-10s from the 188th Fighter Wing with the Arkansas Air National Guard (AANG). Representatives from the Arkansas Air National Guard, the Arkansas Army National Guard, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy and the NW Arkansas Fire and Police Departments served as flag attendants throughout the day, while many players and fans sported red, white and blue.