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Golf | Women`s Golf

Tseng Yani © Gallo Images

Yani all smiles as form returns in Thailand



World No 1 Yani Tseng said smiling while she plays has lifted her game this season as she delivered a devastating nine-under par final round at the Honda LPGA Thailand on Sunday.

The 24-year-old "Pride of Taiwan" finished with a share of third after matching the course record with a final day 63 at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya.

A poor 2012 campaign, where she constantly struggled to make the top ten, raised questions over the durability of the leading star of women's golf – who has topped the world rankings for 106 weeks but arrived in Thailand with a slim 1.29 points lead over South Korea's Choi Na-Yeon.

But a second place in the Women's Australian Open last week suggested a return to form, something confirmed with a scintillating final round marked by an eagle and seven birdies in Thailand.

"I'm much more relaxed than last year... it's bringing an improvement," Yani said of her second strong Sunday finish in a row.

"I'm smiling more and being more relaxed on the course."

Although only 24 herself, Yani also hailed the quality of younger players including 17-year-old Thai teen sensation Ariya Jutanugarn who stumbled at the final hole with victory within her grasp.

"We better watch out," Yani said. "I'm still young but not as young as before. I'm very impressed with her (Ariya)."

LEADING FINAL SCORES

276 – PARK, Inbee 67 71 71 67

277 – JUTANUGARN, Ariya 69 66 70 72

278 – TSENG, Yani 75 68 72 63, RYU, So Yeon 68 68 74 68, RECARI, Beatriz 68 68 72 70, LEWIS, Stacy 63 69 76 70

279 – CHOI, Na Yeon 73 71 67 68

280 – FENG, Shanshan 71 72 68 69, SALAS, Lizette 68 69 73 70

281 – KIM, I.K. 70 72 72 67, PILLER, Gerina 67 74 70 70

282 – THOMPSON, Lexi 71 70 72 69, YANG, Amy 67 75 70 70

283 – KORDA, Jessica 73 67 74 69, *KO, Lydia 69 71 74 69, CASTRALE, Nicole 74 68 71 70, SHIN, Jiyai 70 73 70 70, MATTHEW, Catriona 67 69 76 71

284 – KANG, Danielle 76 70 71 67, PAK, Se Ri 69 68 71 76

285 – HEDWALL, Caroline 69 75 72 69, MUNOZ, Azahara 70 73 73 69, PETTERSEN, Suzann 71 70 74 70, MIYAZATO, Ai 69 71 74 71

286 – FUTCHER, Katie 74 72 72 68, HAN, Hee-Won 72 72 71 71, STANFORD, Angela 69 73 71 73

287 – GAL, Sandra 71 72 76 68, WEBB, Karrie 69 71 77 70, UEHARA, Ayako 70 71 72 74

288 – GRANADA, Julieta 72 72 75 69, PHATLUM, Pornanong 73 72 72 71

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