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Sunday, February 13, 2011

The New Queen

Photo of Yani Tseng from LPGA.comBy the time you read this, Yani Tseng will be firmly entrenched at the top of the ladies game.

Yani just won the ANZ RACV Ladies Masters down under in Queensland, Australia. (That's an appropriate place to be crowned Queen of Rolex, don't you think?) And she won it in dominating fashion, posting 67-66-63-68. Her -24 was 4 better than Nikki Campbell and Stacy Lewis, her closest competitors.

Do you realize how impressive this is, folks? This is three victories since January 1st this year! To be specific:
  • The Taifong Ladies Open (The LPGA of Taiwan) on 01-16-11
  • The ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open (ALPG, LET) on 02-06-11
  • The ANZ RACV Ladies Masters (ALPG, LET) on 02-13-11
She's now up to 7 tournaments won in the last 12 months, 2 of which are majors, and she won the 2010 LPGA's Player of the Year Award.

That's impressive by anyone's standards.

I'll be interested to see just how big her lead on Jiyai Shin will be when the new Rolex Rankings come out. You can be sure Jiyai won't just roll over and play dead. (She didn't play at all this week. ;-) And the other women won't take this laying down either.

But for now, the Taiwan Tornado is cutting a swath through her competition wide enough to hold Pebble Beach -- all three courses -- and entire emirate of Dubai as well. I can't wait for the LPGA to get in on the act.

Way to go, Yani! You earned this -- make sure you take time to enjoy it!


  1. This is really exciting to me. Been a big Tseng fan since she came on Tour. She's one of the few women golfer willing to take chances with the game to pull them off. Now it seems she has matured enough to pull off shots when she needs them.

    I can't wait for the LPGA season to get going with some deeper fields for her to test herself against.

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I had the LET live scoreboard up last night, following it to see what would happen. Nikki and Stacy tried to make a run at her and got within two shots, but Yani eagled the 15th to put it out of reach.

    This is where a lot of people thought Yani should be after her performance last year. There aren't any doubts about it now.

    And you won't have long to wait. She's teeing it up at the Honda LPGA Thailand -- the first LPGA event of 2011 -- this week. Choi, Creamer, Hull, Kerr, Lewis, Miyazato, Pettersen, Shin, and Wie are all scheduled to be there too. Let the fireworks begin! ;-)

  3. Choi - Creamer - Miyazato - Pettersen - Shin - Kerr....can we leave out Lewis, Hull, and especially Wie for a while until they prove themselves a little bit ? (Michelle Wie - winless in 2011 - my prediction) (with some time out to date the Stanford starting catcher) (lol)

  4. I included Lewis because she's played pretty well the last couple of weeks (and she doesn't have to travel far to reach the tournament, so she may be able to carry her good play over to this week). Hull's proven she can play some big-time shots when it counts (she came close at the British last year against Tseng, you'll remember). And Wie does have the length to compete when she plays well.

    I would have included Pressel, but I haven't seen where she's played any yet. I assume she may be a bit rusty.

    I agree that the real question is how #2-5 will react to Yani's new #1 ranking. I doubt they expected her to grab it in just 2 weeks!

  5. You're leaving out Lexi Thompson if you're going to include Wie. And Wie's length doesn't help her when she can't keep the ball in play. I'd take Pressel's rust over Wie in the woods any day. :0)

  6. Are you gonna cry, "Wie! Wie!" all the way home, Court? ;-)