Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng has become the second youngest player ever to win an LPGA event, defeating Maria Hjorth in a thrilling play-off to emerge victorious in Maryland. The 19-year-old finished on 12 under par, before winning at the fourth hole of a sudden-death play-off against 34-year-old Hjorth.
So, who is she? Well, she only turned professional in January 2007, with the most significant time of her amateur career coming in 2004 when she defeated Michelle Wie to win the US Women’s Amateur Public Links.
Considering that fact that this is Tseng’s first season on the US circuit, the victory is all the more remarkable. Not many golf bets would have gone on this youngster to win, with more money likely to be placed on the two highest ranked female players. However, Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam finished way off the lead – 11 shots to be precise.
In what has been a record-breaking time for women’s golf, Tseng has become the first ever player from Taiwan to win an LPGA Championship. It must be a proud time for her as she has done her country proud. Tseng has now earned $835,241 on the LPGA tour, with her latest victory likely to change the rest of her life – expectations will now rise and she is no longer an unkown talent.
Although realistically, she will remain unknown to a lot of golf fans in England. Women’s golf doesn’t get half as much TV coverage as the men’s game and young talents such as Tseng could potentially pass some people by. The most famous female golfer is Michelle Wie and she has fallen from grace somewhat in the past couple of years. Perhaps Yseng or emerging Scottish golfer Carly Booth can help draw attention to the women’s game.