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Tseng, 22, youngest ever to 5 major wins

Yani Tseng kisses the British Open trophy for the second straight year, rallying from two down after three rounds.

Associated Press

Yani Tseng kisses the British Open trophy for the second straight year, rallying from two down after three rounds.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Judging by the record books, Yani Tseng is 10 years ahead of Annika Sorenstam.

The 22-year-old Taiwanese won the Women's British Open for the second straight year Sunday, beating Brittany Lang by four strokes and becoming the youngest player, male or female, to capture a fifth major title.

Sorenstam was 32 when she won the 2003 LPGA Championship for her fifth. Tiger Woods was 24 when he won his fifth at the 2000 PGA Championship.

"It's so great making history on this golf course, and I feel wonderful right now," said Tseng, who is ranked No. 1 and won the LPGA Championship last month. "I hope to keep winning. Next year there are another four majors, and I will try and organize and keep working hard."

Tseng became the third player to win consecutive British titles, joining Sherri Steinhauer (1998, '99) and Debbie Massey ('80, '81).

Tseng shot 3-under 69 to finish at 16-under 272. She trailed third-round leader Caroline Masson of Germany by two entering the final round. Masson closed with 6-over 78 and tied for fifth.

"I wish to win more, but I am really happy," Tseng said. "I think in my mind I say, wow, five-times major. I never think about that. It just feels really very special."

Lang shot 67 to finish at 276, one ahead of Sweden's Sophie Gustafson (68). South Korea's Amy Yang (67) was fourth.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 73 to finish at 1-under 287.

PGA: Rookie Scott Stallings won the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., sinking a birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Bob Estes and Bill Haas.

After watching Estes and Haas miss birdie attempts on the 168-yard 18th, Stallings curled in a 7-footer for his first tour win. He flipped his putter then hugged and high-fived his caddie.

Stallings made six birdies on the back nine to make the playoff, where he earned a winner's check of $1.08 million and a spot in the Bridgestone Invitational.

Estes shot 6-under 64 and was the clubhouse leader at 10-under 270 then watched as Haas birdied the par-5 17th six groups later to join him after shooting 67.

Stallings, who shot 69, bogeyed the par-5 17th after his drive went out of bounds. He needed birdie at No. 18 to make the playoff. He sank a 5-footer to do it.

CHAMPIONS: Olin Browne rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to clinch a three-shot victory over Mark O'Meara in the U.S. Senior Open in Toledo, Ohio.

After Browne's last putt dropped and a large gallery around the final green at Inverness Club roared, he raised his arms in triumph. It was the biggest victory of the journeyman's 27 years as a professional.

Browne's closing par 71 left him at 15-under 269.

WOODS TO AUSTRALIA: Tiger Woods will play in the Australian Open in November in his first trip Down Under since his personal life unraveled right after a victory at Melbourne. Woods joined the field for the Nov. 10-13 tournament. His last tournament victory came at the 2009 Australian Masters.

Tseng, 22, youngest ever to 5 major wins 07/31/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:18pm]
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