Yani savours the moment after title win

THE WINNER of the 2011 Ricoh Women’s British Open Yani Tseng said it was a special feeling to have made golf history at Carnoustie on Sunday.

The champion lifted the trophy for the second year running and in the process became the youngest player ever to have won five majors.

Tseng was trailing leader Caroline Masson at the beginning of the final day but the world number one held her nerve as the German dropped shots before eventually scooping the title.

And even though the Taiwanese golfer seemed to put in a calm final round she admitted at the end that was far from the case.

She said: “I felt very nervous before when I was practising on the putting green and my stomach was hurting.

“I told my caddy I was nervous but he told me it was OK and then after I started playing I felt more relaxed.

“I just told myself chin up, chest out and smile.

“It feels very special to win my fifth major at this golf course, the home of golf, and to make history.

“On the links course you have to be lucky but you have to play well and it is a good challenge.”

Tseng, who becomes only the second woman to win back to back British Open titles, quietly made her way up the leaderboard, moving into second place ahead of the final day, and a round of 69 saw her finish the tournament 16 under.

But coming on to the final hole of the tournament, not even the world number one in women’s golf could help but think about the Barry Burn.

She added: “I got a good drive and I feel like that was a great shot.

“But when you play this course all you can think about is the burn and Jean Van De Velde.

“I feel very happy with the whole week here and very proud of myself for winning.”

Her manager and caddy’s girlfriend kicked off her celebrations by showering her with champagne on the 18th green after she sank her winning shot.

And it is believed she celebrated her win that night by dining out in the Station Hotel in Carnoustie but opted for tea rather than anything stronger!

In the Far East where women’s golf is even bigger than the men’s game, Tseng received a hero’s welcome when she returned to Taiwan on Tuesday and on Monday morning she was featured on the front page of most of the newspapers.

And at 22, she is predicted to win even more tournaments in the future.

Tseng added: “I keep wishing there will be more but I’m really happy to win five majors.

“I never really thought about it before but is really special and I am happy.”