Feb
14
2011
Yani Tseng Reaches Top of the World
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Yani Tseng takes over as world's No 1 with Australian Masters victory

Yani Tseng has been dreaming of this moment for a while — she just didn’t think it’d come so early in the year. The 23-year-old Taiwan native won for the second straight week in Australia, claiming the Ladies Masters title on Sunday. She shot 68 in the final round and 24-under for the tournament to capture the trophy by four shots over Stacy Lewis and Nikki Campbell.

“I never expected this to come true,” Yani said. “Everything is feeling so good, winning, being world number one. I’ve wanted to have my picture of Championship Drive (where all the past Masters are on display) since I first came here in 2005.

“I never expected this to come so soon. There is still a long way to go, there’s another 11 months to go [to hold No.1 for a year]. Today, I just feel like, ‘This is not true.’ It’s unreal. I just feel really appreciative of all the people who have been helping me all those years.”

Yani, who was awarded the 2010 Player of the Year Award, began the year ranked No. 5 in the world before her Gold Coast sweep. She’s the fourth player to take over the throne as world’s best since Lorena Ochoa retired last year.

“I don’t want to be number one for one week or two weeks, I want to still be there at the end of the year,” said Yani, who had a big advantage with her power off the tee.

Perhaps this is the beginning of a new era?

The LPGA kicks off its season this week with Honda LPGA Thailand.

(AAP Photo/Bradley Kanaris)