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Tseng beats field and darkness

PHOENIX — Yani Tseng two-putted for par from 40 feet in fading light to hold off Ai Miyazato and Na Yeon Choi by a stroke Sunday at the LPGA Founders Cup.

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The third-round co-leader from Taiwan, ranked No. 1 in the world, shot 4-under 68 to finish at 18-under 270. It was her 14th tour title and second in four events this year.

The second-ranked Choi also shot 68. And Miyazato, the other third-round leader, shot 69.

Because of lightning, play was delayed three times for a total of three hours. Tseng made her winning 2-foot putt at 6:45 p.m. — 8 hours, 4 minutes after she teed off and seven minutes after sunset.

"I couldn't see much of a distance," Tseng said. "So I tried to say to myself, 'Okay, just finish these few holes, just hit a good shot, good contact.' "

After temperatures in the mid 80s Thursday and Friday and high 70s Saturday, it plunged into the low 40s Sunday morning and only got up to the mid 50s. And for a few minutes, hail fell.

Three strokes behind Miyazato at the turn, Tseng birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine and closed with three pars.

"It rained so hard, and it was really cold," Miyazato said "And my hands didn't have (much) feeling. So it was really tough."

Roberts wins Toshiba

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif — Loren Roberts shot 69 to win the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic by two strokes over Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Kite and Bernhard Langer.

Roberts began the day two behind Calcavecchia but birdied three of his first four holes. He bogeyed Nos. 7, 14, 16 and 17 before making a 5-foot birdie at 18 to finish at 8-under 205.

"We did make it interesting," he said.

Calcavecchia (73) and Kite (69) also bogeyed Nos. 16 and 17. Langer (70) made double bogey at No. 17.

Tseng beats field and darkness 03/18/12 [Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2012 1:36am]

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