Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., Sunday for her second straight LPGA Tour title and third in five events this season. She closed with a 2-under-par 70 at La Costa to finish four rounds at 14-under 274 for a six-stroke victory.
The 23-year-old Taiwanese star became the second-youngest player to reach 15 LPGA Tour victories. Nancy Lopez was 22 when she reached the mark.
Tseng led the tour last season with seven victories -- including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open -- and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles.
The Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of this season, is next week in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Last year, Tseng had the 54-hole lead, but closed with a 74 and lost to Stacy Lewis. It was the last time in seven events that Tseng has lost going into the final round with the lead.
Couples stays hot
Fred Couples made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic by a stroke over Michael Allen at Fallen Oak Golf Course in Saucier, Miss. Couples shot 3-under 69 in the final round for a three-round total of 14-under 202. He opened with a course-record 63.
Hoey wins by three
Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland won the European Tour's Hassan II Trophy in Agadir, Morocco, by three shots. Hoey shot 7-under 65 in the final round at the Golf du Palais Royal course for a 17-under 271 total. -- AP