Disqualification overshadows Kruger win


GOLF DIGEST: EUROPEAN TOUR:Jbe Kruger claimed a maiden European Tour victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi on a day that saw Scotland’s Peter Whiteford disqualified late in the third round for moving his ball.

Whiteford, one of the lead at the start of the day, was removed from contention after television replays of his third shot to the 18th showed that his ball rolled a fraction before he played to the green.

Because he signed his card it meant disqualification.

Officials reviewed the matter as the 31-year-old from Kirkcaldy, who led after the first and second days, began the final round and he was given the bad news just after bogeying the short third.

It was a happier day for South African Kruger, whose final-round 69 was enough to finish 14 under and a two-stroke victory.

He almost lost his nerve at the end despite carrying a three-shot lead to the 17th tee. A bogey on that hole followed by a loose drive on the 18th gave him cause for concern but he rescued par to take the title.

Spain’s Jorge Campillo signed for 67 – the joint best of the day – to finish tied for second with Germany’s Marcel Siem. Marcus Fraser, of Austria, and Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara finished three off the lead.

LPGA TOUR:World No 1 Yani Tseng successfully defended her Honda LPGA Thailand title, defeating Ai Miyazato by a shot.

The 23-year-old Taiwanese, who started the final round with an eagle and finished with birdies at the last two holes, fired a six-under-par 66 for 19-under 269 at Siam Country Club, Old Course for her 13th LPGA Tour victory.

Overnight leader Miyazato of Japan, who won in Pattaya in 2010 and led Tseng by a stroke after three rounds, closed with a 68 for 270.

South Korea’s Jiyai Shin, who tied for the lead after 17 holes, shot a 67 to finish third on 271.

Tseng had one eagle, six birdies and two bogeys in the final round. She got off to a brilliant start with an eagle at the first hole to tie for the lead with Miyazato at 15 under.

The Taiwanese added three birdies for 31 at the turn. She suffered bogeys at the 10th and 13th and got birdies at the 12th, 17th and 18th.

Tseng sealed the win at the final hole when she sent her third shot from 104 yards to just inches from the flag for an easy tap-in.

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR:Lindsay Wright held her nerve to claim victory in the the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open near Christchurch.

The Australian holed a four-metre birdie putt on the last to claim victory by a single stroke from compatriot Jessica Speechley and American Alison Walshe.

Those two were sitting in the clubhouse when Wright came down the last, sealing her victory impressively with birdie to finish 10 under.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s still sinking in,” Wright told the LET’s official website.

“I putted really well all day and the last six holes I was really nervous “I haven’t been in this position for a while and I thought to myself ‘I can win this.’”

“My caddy was more shocked that I was I think.”