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LPGA Championship Review

At the top: Yani Tseng takes home major No. 4, obliterating the field by 10 shots. Her 19-under total matches the lowest score in LPGA major history. Cristie Kerr shot 19-under here last year in winning by 12. Four major titles and all of 22 years old. You could say Tseng has quite a future.

Anatomy of a champ: Tseng hit 38 of 56 fairways for the week, 57 of 72 greens and needed just 111 putts. She had one three-putt all week, on No. 13 Sunday.

Drive for show: . . . : Paula Creamer finished T3, 11 shots back. She putted 119 times, the most of anyone in the top 20, but had only two three-putts.

All over the map: By far the craziest scorecard Sunday belonged to Sarah Kemp. The Australian shot, get this, 29-43 for an even-par 72. Her 6-under front nine included a hole-in-one on the 161-yard fifth hole. Kemp shot 4-under on the three par-3s on the front nine. The back nine, though, was a different story. She made five bogeys and a double bogey with only one birdie. Her card showed just six pars all day. Kemp finished in a tie for 50th place.

 Biggest mover: The best round of the day was shot by former major winner Karen Stupples. She carded a 7-under 65 that featured an eagle on the par-5 17th and six birdies against just one bogey. That helped move Stupples up 42 spots, from a tie for 76th at the start of the day to a tie for 34th at 1-over 289.

 Toughest hole: The 386-yard par-4 13th hole played to an average score of 4.321 on Sunday. For the tournament, the toughest hole was the 413-yard par-4 10th, which averaged 4.341 strokes.

Easiest hole: Players again took advantage of the par-5 17th. The 478-yard hole had a stroke average of 4.564 on Sunday and was the easiest hole of the week, at 4.683.

 The said it: Suzann Pettersen finished tied for third, earning $132,512. But she's no fan of Locust Hill as the site for one of the four majors: "Quite honestly I think I said it earlier in the week -- play a different golf course. This is a phenomenal golf course. You got to be accurate, and they are small greens. But for me this is not a major golf course. That's my persona opinion, and I might have people disagreeing with me. Since you asked me I want to answer quite honestly." 

One more for the road: Surely to Pettersen's dismay, the LPGA Championship returns to Locust Hill in 2012.

Bob DiCesare and Jay Skurski

 

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