Back 9: Tseng DynastyWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
With her win Sunday at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship, 22 year old, Yani Tseng became the youngest golfer ever to win 4 majors. She finished at –19 under par for the tournament 10 shots better than the rest of the field. She dominated the entire week. Let the Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam comparisons begin.
Tseng only needs to win the U. S. Women’s Open, July 10th at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado to complete the career Grand Slam. Of her 7 wins since joining the LPGA Tour, four have been majors. Her first major win came at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in 2008 followed by The Kraft Nabisco and The Women’s British Open in 2010. She also was named Rolex Rookie of the Year in 2008 and the second youngest player ever to win the Rolex Player of the Year in 2010.
Her LPGA Championship win was her third title this year to go along with 8 top 10 finishes in just 10 starts. Not a bad year so far. Since joining the tour in 2008 she has a total of 7 wins and 40 top tens in 80 events. A 50 percent top ten ratio is pretty amazing. No one currently on any tour PGA, European, or Asian can come close to that number.
The LPGA does not get the vast media attention that the PGA and European men’s tours receive. The LPGA schedule only has 12 tournaments in the continental United States. It is a worldwide tour and has had a tough time gaining mass acceptance. It drastically needs a dominant player to step into the shoes left void with the retirements of Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. Tseng, a native of Taiwan, is trying to Americanize her image by learning English and residing in Orlando.
Yani Tseng demands attention. If the sports media wants to talk about Rory McIlroy as the next great thing they first have to respect the fetes of this unassuming, long hitting female golfer who is establishing the “Tseng Dynasty” and leaving every other professional golfer in her dust.
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