Tseng defends her title at Carnoustie

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WORLD number one Yani Tseng took the 2011 Ricoh Women’s Open title at Carnoustie for a second successive year to become the youngest player ever to have won five majors.

The 22 year old hit a final round of 69 to finish the tournament 16 under, three shots ahead of the runner-up Brittany Lang from the USA.

At the start of Sunday, Tseng was trailing leader Caroline Masson but as the German dropped shots early on the final day, the Taiwanese star capitalised to go ahead and then take the trophy.

She becomes only the second woman in history to have won back to back British Open titles and the first player either male or female to have won five majors by the age of 22.

Masson, who had led overnight on Friday and Saturday eventually finished fifth after scoring a final round 78.

Top placed Brit was Catriona Matthew, Carnoustie Country ambassador, who at one point looked as though she was challenging for the lead but finished joint fifth.

Full coverage of the 2011 Ricoh Women’s Open from Carnoustie will be in the Guide & Gazette on Friday.