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Yani Tseng

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Yani Tseng Chinese: 曾雅妮 Zēng Yǎní; born 23 January 1989 is a Taiwanese professional golfer playing on the US-based LPGA Tour She is the youngest player ever, male or female, to win five major championships3 and was ranked number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings for 109 consecutive weeks from 2011 to 20134

Contents

  • 1 Amateur career
  • 2 Professional career
    • 21 2007
    • 22 2008
    • 23 2009
    • 24 2010
    • 25 2011
    • 26 2012
    • 27 Mid-2012 career downturn
    • 28 Hall of Fame
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Professional wins 27
    • 41 LPGA Tour wins 15
    • 42 Other wins 12
  • 5 Major championships
    • 51 Wins 5
    • 52 Results timeline
    • 53 Summary
  • 6 LPGA Tour career summary
  • 7 World ranking
  • 8 Team appearances
  • 9 See also
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links

Amateur careeredit

Tseng was the top-ranked amateur in Taiwan from 2004 to 2006 The highlight of her amateur career was winning the 2004 US Women's Amateur Public Links, defeating Michelle Wie in the final, 1 up5 Her amateur accomplishments include:

  • 2002 Won – Callaway Junior World Golf Championships Girls 13–14
  • 2004 2nd place – Callaway Junior World Golf Championships Girls 15–17
  • 2004 Won – US Women's Amateur Public Links
  • 2005 Won – North and South Women's Amateur Golf Championship
  • 2005 Semi-finalist – US Women's Amateur Public Links
  • 2005 2nd place – North and South Women's Amateur Golf Championship

Professional careeredit

2007edit

Tseng turned professional in January 2007 That year she competed on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour and won the DLF Women's Indian Open She also competed on the CN Canadian Women's Tour where she won the CN Canadian Women's Tour at Vancouver Golf Club

2008edit

Tseng entered the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in the fall of 2007 and finished sixth in the final Qualifying Tournament in December which gave Tseng full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 20086 In June 2008, she claimed her first LPGA tour victory at the LPGA Championship to become the first player from Taiwan to win an LPGA major championship At age 19, she was also the youngest player to win the LPGA Championship and the second-youngest player to win an LPGA major7

Tseng was named LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 20088

2009edit

On 29 March 2009, Tseng became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach the $2 million mark in career earnings She achieved this mark in 32 events, spanning one year, one month, and 13 days The previous record holder was Paula Creamer who reached the mark in one year, four months, and 15 days in 20069

2010edit

2009 Women's British Open – Yani Tseng displaying her swing

On 4 April 2010, Tseng won the first major championship of the LPGA season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, by one stroke She went on to win her second major of the year on 1 August 2010 by winning the Women's British Open by one stroke and became the youngest woman in the modern era to win three major championships LPGA founder Patty Berg was younger than Tseng when she won the 1939 Titleholders Championship10 However, that was before the formation of the LPGA Tour in 1950 and the designation of official LPGA major tournaments

In September 2010, Tseng was offered a five-year sponsorship deal from a Chinese company worth NT$1 billion US$25 million with access to a luxury villa and private jets Tseng rejected the offer because it required she switch her citizenship from Republic of China to China1112

2011edit

In January 2011, Tseng defended her title at the Taifong Ladies Open on the LPGA of Taiwan Tour Three weeks later she won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open and a week later the ANZ RACV Ladies Masters, both events co-sponsored by the ALPG Tour and the Ladies European Tour Her wins moved her into the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings She won again the next week in the first tournament of the LPGA season, the Honda LPGA Thailand13

In June 2011, she won the LPGA State Farm Classic over Cristie Kerr by three strokes Two weeks later, she won the LPGA Championship This made her the youngest player to win four LPGA majors14 The next month she defended her title at the Women's British Open, becoming the first defending champion winner at the Women's British Open as a major Her five major titles also made her the youngest player, male or female, to win five major championships151617

Tseng won the LPGA Tour Player of the Year for a second straight year18 She wrapped up the award while the season still had four events remaining

2012edit

Tseng won three of the first five events on the 2012 LPGA Tour: the Honda LPGA Thailand, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and the Kia Classic The Honda LPGA Thailand victory was her second consecutive win at that event

Mid-2012 career downturnedit

Tseng's career took a sudden downturn beginning in the latter part of the 2012 season At the end of 2013, she had dropped from fourth to 38th place on the official LPGA money list and from first to 34th in the Women's World Golf Rankings Her performance dropped further in 2014; she ended that year at 54th on the official money list and ranked 83rd in the world Tseng has not won a LPGA tournament since March 2012 Kia Classic After accumulating seven top-10 finishes, including four wins, in majors in 2010 through early 2012, starting with the 2012 Women's PGA Championship, she has missed the cut in seven out of 14 majors played and finished no higher than T19 in the others There have been no reports of major injuries or other explanation for the sudden change

Hall of Fameedit

Since March 2012, Tseng has been four points away from qualifying for the World Golf Hall of Fame via the LPGA points system, which requires 27 points for Hall of Fame eligibility19 Tseng earned one point for each regular tour victory on the LPGA Tour and two points for every major championship victory19 She also earned a point each for her two Rolex LPGA Player of the Year awards and one point for winning the Vare Trophy19 If she accumulates the required 27 points before her tenth season on the LPGA Tour, she will have to wait until the tenth year to gain full Hall of Fame eligibility19 Tseng has already met the requirement to win one LPGA major, Vare Trophy, or Rolex award19

Personal lifeedit

Tseng's father is Mao Hsin Tseng and her mother is Yu-Yun Yang20

Tseng resides in a residential community at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida, in a house that she purchased from former LPGA player Annika Sörenstam in April 200921

Tseng was named on Time Magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012"22

Professional wins 27edit

LPGA Tour wins 15edit

Legend
Major championships 5
Other LPGA Tour 10
No Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up Winner's
share $
1 8 Jun 2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship 73-70-65-68=276 −12 Playoff Maria Hjorth 300,000
2 24 May 2009 LPGA Corning Classic 68-70-62-67=267 −21 1 stroke Paula Creamer
Kang Soo-Yun
225,000
3 4 Apr 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship 69-71-67-68=275 −13 1 stroke Suzann Pettersen 300,000
4 1 Aug 2010 Ricoh Women's British Open 68-68-68-73=277 −11 1 stroke Katherine Hull 408,714
5 12 Sep 2010 P&G NW Arkansas Championship 67-68-65=200 −13 1 stroke Michelle Wie 300,000
6 20 Feb 2011 Honda LPGA Thailand 66-71-70-66=273 −15 5 strokes Michelle Wie 217,500
7 12 Jun 2011 LPGA State Farm Classic 67-66-66-68=267 −21 3 strokes Cristie Kerr 255,000
8 26 Jun 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship 66-70-67-66=269 −19 10 strokes Morgan Pressel 375,000
9 31 Jul 2011 Ricoh Women's British Open 71-66-66-69=272 −16 4 strokes Brittany Lang 392,133
10 11 Sep 2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 66-67-68=201 −13 Playoff Amy Yang 300,000
11 9 Oct 2011 LPGA Hana Bank Championship 65-70-67=202 −14 1 stroke Choi Na-Yeon 270,000
12 23 Oct 2011 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship 68-71-67-66=272 −16 5 strokes Azahara Muñoz
Amy Yang
300,000
13 19 Feb 2012 Honda LPGA Thailand 73-65-65-66=269 −19 1 stroke Ai Miyazato 225,000
14 18 Mar 2012 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup 65-70-67-68=270 −18 1 stroke Choi Na-Yeon
Ai Miyazato
225,000
15 25 Mar 2012 Kia Classic 67-68-69-70=274 −14 6 strokes Sun-Young Yoo 255,000

LPGA Tour playoff record 2–1

No Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship Maria Hjorth Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
2 2008 State Farm Classic Ji-Young Oh Lost to par on first extra hole
3 2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Amy Yang Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins 12edit

No Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 3 Mar 2007 DLF Women's Indian Open LAGT23 70-70-75=215 −1 Playoff Russy Gulyanamitta
2 11 Apr 2007 TLPGA Tour Nan-Fong Tournament at Nan-Fong Golf Club
Taiwan LPGA Tour
72-68=140 −4 Playoff Yueh-Chyn Huang
3 29 May 2007 CN Canadian Women's Tour at Vancouver Golf Club
CN Canadian Women’s Tour
68-72=140 −4 2 strokes Stephanie Sherlock
4 12 Jan 2008 Royal Ladies Open The LPGA of Taiwan24 66-64-66=196 −20 17 strokes Lee Eun-Kyoung
Pornanong Phatlum
5 17 Jan 2010 Taifong Ladies Open The LPGA of Taiwan25 69-73-77=219 +3 4 strokes Wei Yun Jye
6 12 Mar 2010 Handa Women's Australian Open ALPG Tour, LET 74-71-72-66=283 −9 3 strokes Laura Davies
7 16 Jan 2011 Taifong Ladies Open LAGT, The LPGA of Taiwan26 77-73-68=218 +2 3 strokes Nam Min-ji
8 6 Feb 2011 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open ALPG, LET 70-67-68-71=276 −16 7 strokes Eun-Hee Ji
Melissa Reid
Jiyai Shin
9 13 Feb 2011 ANZ RACV Ladies Masters ALPG, LET 67-66-63-68=264 −24 4 strokes Nikki Campbell
Stacy Lewis
10 30 Oct 2011 Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open LAGT, LET 68-66-66=200 −16 7 strokes Pernilla Lindberg
11 11 Dec 2011 Swinging Skirts TLPGA Invitational The LPGA of Taiwan 72-70-68=210 −6 7 strokes Ryu So-Yeon
Jiyai Shin
12 26 Jan 2014 Taifong Ladies Open The LPGA of Taiwan27 73-72-70=215 −1 2 strokes Yen Ling Pan

Major championshipsedit

Wins 5edit

No Year Championship Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share $
1 2008 LPGA Championship 73-70-65-68=276 −12 Playoff 1 Maria Hjorth 300,000
2 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship 69-71-67-68=275 −13 1 stroke Suzann Pettersen 300,000
3 2010 Women's British Open 68-68-68-73=277 −11 1 stroke Katherine Hull 408,714
4 2011 LPGA Championship 2 66-70-67-66=269 −19 10 strokes Morgan Pressel 375,000
5 2011 Women's British Open 2 71-66-66-69=272 −16 4 strokes Brittany Lang 392,133

1 Defeated Hjorth with birdie on fourth extra hole

Results timelineedit

Results not in chronological order before 2015

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
ANA Inspiration DNP DNP T21 T17 1 2 3 T48 CUT CUT CUT CUT
Women's PGA Championship DNP DNP 1 T23 T19 1 T59 T19 T30 CUT CUT CUT
US Women's Open CUT DNP T42 CUT T10 T15 T50 CUT T35 CUT T59 DNP
Women's British Open DNP DNP 2 T20 1 1 T26 CUT CUT T13 T31
The Evian Championship ^ CUT CUT CUT T36

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Green background for wins Yellow background for top-10

Summaryedit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 1 1 1 3 3 5 10 6
Women's PGA Championship 2 0 0 2 2 5 10 7
US Women's Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 6
Women's British Open 2 1 0 3 3 5 9 7
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Totals 5 2 1 8 9 17 43 27
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 15 2009 British Open – 2013 LPGA
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 2010 US Open - 2011 LPGA

LPGA Tour career summaryedit

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
$
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2004 1 1 0 0 0 0 T33 n/a 7150
2005 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a 7700
2006 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a 7600
2007 1 1 0 0 0 1 T6 64,909 n/a 6900 n/a
2008 28 27 1 6 2 11 1 1,752,086 3 7077 4
2009 27 26 1 3 0 14 1 1,293,755 7 7044 5
2010 20 19 3 1 2 8 1 1,573,529 4 7066 8
2011 22 21 7 2 1 14 1 2,921,713 1 6966 1
2012 24 21 3 0 3 11 1 1,430,159 4 7112 15
2013 23 17 0 1 1 4 2 405,068 38 7171 35
2014 24 18 0 1 0 2 T2 303,127 54 7219 65
2015 27 18 0 3 0 4 T2 648,400 21 7152 36
2016 25 13 0 0 0 0 T16 70,910 109 7322 131
Totals 221 179 15 17 9 69 1 10,398,747 12
  • official as of 2016 season28

Includes matchplay and other events without a cut

World rankingedit

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year

Year World
ranking
Source
2006 unranked 29
2007 134 30
2008 2 31
2009 5 32
2010 5 33
2011 1 34
2012 1 35
2013 34 36
2014 83 37
2015 38 38
2016 102 39

Team appearancesedit

Amateur

  • Espirito Santo Trophy representing Taiwan: 2004

Professional

  • Lexus Cup representing Asia team: 2008
  • International Crown representing Chinese Taipei: 2014, 2016

See alsoedit

  • List of golfers with most LPGA major championship wins
  • List of golfers with most LPGA Tour wins

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Harig, Bob 17 December 2010 "Graeme McDowell leads GWAA awards" ESPN Retrieved 8 April 2011 
  2. ^ "Tseng named GWAA Female Player of the Year" LPGA 29 December 2011 Retrieved 25 March 2012 
  3. ^ Elliot, Mick 26 March 2012 "Players to watch at LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship" ESPN Retrieved 29 March 2012 
  4. ^ "Stacy Lewis wins, now No 1 in world" ESPN Associated Press 17 March 2013 Retrieved 17 March 2013 
  5. ^ "Yani Tseng, LPGA Tour Biography" PDF LPGA Retrieved 8 May 2008 
  6. ^ "Park tops 17 LPGA Tour qualifiers at Q-school" USA Today Associated Press 2 December 2007 Retrieved 14 September 2010 
  7. ^ "LPGA 19歲曾雅妮封后" The Taipei Times Press release in Chinese 10 June 2008 Retrieved 10 June 2008 
  8. ^ "Ochoa named LPGA Player of the Year" Reuters 21 November 2008 Retrieved 3 August 2010 
  9. ^ "Tseng Fastest to $2 million" LPGA 29 March 2009 Retrieved 29 March 2009 
  10. ^ "3 Is a Magic Number for Yani Tseng" Aboutcom 1 August 2010 Retrieved 1 August 2010 
  11. ^ "Yani Tseng refused offer to become Chinese citizen" The China Post 19 September 2010 
  12. ^ Strege, John 18 September 2010 "Report: Tseng rejects $25 million Chinese offer" golfdigestcom 
  13. ^ "Yani Tseng claims 5-shot Thailand win" ESPN Associated Press 20 February 2011 Retrieved 22 February 2011 
  14. ^ "Tseng Wins LPGA Championship in a Runaway" The New York Times Associated Press 26 June 2011 
  15. ^ Lewine, Mair 11 July 2011 "Yani Tseng makes history with fifth major win" ESPNW Retrieved 11 July 2011 
  16. ^ Myers, Alex 31 July 2011 "Tseng continues her assault on the record books" Golf Digest Retrieved 31 July 2011 
  17. ^ "Tseng wins fifth women's major" lfpresscom 31 July 2011 Retrieved 31 July 2011 
  18. ^ "Commissioner Whan Congratulates Tseng at Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship" LPGA 18 October 2011 Retrieved 19 October 2011 
  19. ^ a b c d e "Criteria for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame" LPGA Tour Retrieved 26 March 2012 
  20. ^ Baldry, Beth Ann 15 December 2010 "Tseng offers emotional PoY acceptance speech" Golfweek Retrieved 31 July 2011 
  21. ^ Yoon, Peter 4 April 2010 "Yani Tseng gets major LPGA win at Mission Hills" Los Angeles Times Retrieved 20 April 2010 
  22. ^ "The 100 Most Influential People in the World: Yani Tseng" Time 18 April 2012 Retrieved 14 June 2012 
  23. ^ "Ya Ni takes Indian title in play-off" The Nation 17 March 2007 Retrieved 10 November 2010 
  24. ^ "Yani Tseng Rookie Blog One" LPGA 2008 Retrieved 6 February 2011 
  25. ^ "Taifong Ladies Open 2010 Results" Retrieved 10 November 2010 
  26. ^ "Yani Tseng wins Taifong Ladies Open Golf" Focus Taiwan Archived from the original on 3 February 2011 Retrieved 16 January 2011 
  27. ^ "2014 Taiwan LPGA Tour TAIFONG Ladies Open 24–26 Jan First Round Recap" TLPGA 24 January 2014 Retrieved 10 February 2014 
  28. ^ "Yani Tseng Stats" LPGA Retrieved 23 November 2016 
  29. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 26 December 2006 Retrieved 17 March 2013 
  30. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 25 December 2007 Retrieved 17 March 2013 
  31. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 30 December 2008 Retrieved 17 March 2013 
  32. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 29 December 2009 Retrieved 17 March 2013 
  33. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 28 December 2010 Retrieved 17 March 2013 
  34. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 27 December 2011 Retrieved 17 March 2013 
  35. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 31 December 2012 Retrieved 17 March 2013 
  36. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 30 December 2013 Retrieved 26 October 2014 
  37. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 29 December 2014 Retrieved 5 January 2015 
  38. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 28 December 2015 Retrieved 28 December 2015 
  39. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings" 26 December 2016 Retrieved 3 January 2017 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Yani Tseng at the LPGA Tour official site
Awards
Preceded by
Jiyai Shin
World No 1 Ranked Golfer
14 February 2011 – 17 March 2013
Succeeded by
Stacy Lewis

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