YANI TSENG of Taiwan scored a great six under par 66 to capture the Honda LPGA by five shots, easily defending the world number one ranking she secured for the first time in her short career.
Kim and Wie managed to stay within one shot of the Taiwanese star over the first 9 holes and appeared to be well and truly in the running.
But Tseng began to pull away with three birdies on the first four holes on the back nine and, when Kim collapsed with a quadruple bogey nine on the 17th, the matter was well and truly decided.
The victory was Tseng’s third consecutive title in three weeks and her fourth straight win of the year.
She started 2011 with a win in Taiwan in the Taifong Ladies Open and then went on to win the Australian Women’s Open and the ANZ Ladies Masters to vault to the number one position, just prior to the Thailand LPGA.
Tseng will try and keep her winning streak alive in Singapore at the HSBC women’s championship.
She says her dream is to be a Grand Slam winner, especially if she can be the youngest.