Taipei, June 27 (CNA) Taiwanese golfer Cheng Ssu-chia (程思嘉) earned her second career win by finishing 17-under in three rounds on Sunday at the 2022 Island Resort Championship in Michigan, winning the tournament by six strokes.
The 24-year-old Taipei native followed up her performance of eight birdies and zero bogeys on Saturday by starting her final round with an eagle on the No. 1 hole. She then pocketed five more birdies during the round, helping to catch up with the bogeys of holes n°2 and 13.
“I was trying to do my best there and I didn’t want to hold back. It’s not good for me and not good for the game,” said Cheng, winner of the 2019 FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship at Battle Creek. , Michigan. .
Cheng said she was sticking to her plan to stay out of the rough as she felt mentally fatigued on the home stretch after birdying back-to-back birdies on holes 15 and 16.
“You don’t want to land in the rough here, so I was trying to hit as many fairways and greens as possible,” she said.
In second place in the standings, six shots behind Cheng, was South Korea’s Jiwon Jeon, who birdied four and bogeyed twice in the third round to finish with a 2-under 70.
“There was a greater risk of making mistakes today, and I was trying not to. If I had a mistake, I played with it, and if I had the opportunity to birdie, I was trying to do that too,” she says.
Jeon’s second-place finish was also a personal best during his three-year professional career.
With the win, Chen took home US$31,875 (NT$944,144) in prize money, bringing his total earnings this season to US$38,132.
The 2022 Island Resort Championship was held June 24-26 at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris, Michigan. The tournament is part of the Epson Tour, the LPGA’s development tour.