Jun
26
2011
Yani Dominating Again
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Yani running away with another major

Yani Tseng fired a five-under 67 to extend her lead to five shots going into the final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship. The 22-year-old is just 18 holes away from capturing her fourth major.

If she closes the deal (which she very likely will), Yani will become the youngest player — male or female — to win four major tournaments. She won her first in 2008 when the LPGA Championship was played at Bulle Rock in Maryland, and last year she secured titles at the Kraft Nabisco and the Women’s British Open. “That sounds pretty good,” said Yani when asked if she was thinking about her place in history. “I’m working on that.  Don’t give up until the last putt drop in.  Tomorrow I’m just going to go there and smile all day and then play smart and just have fun out there.  But it’s in my mind that’s for sure.  I’m right here.  I’m trying to win another major.”

Tiger Woods and Se Ri Pak were 24 when they won their fourth majors.

After going into Sunday with a two-shot lead, Yani finished second to Stacy Lewis at the Kraft Nabisco earlier this year. She may have jinxed herself by grabbing the trophy when walking onto the first tee of the final round. She acknowledged her mistake and joked she wouldn’t be making it again.

“I think I will be nervous for sure,” said Yani.  “The first hole I’m not going to go grab the trophy again.  I don’t think too much.  I feel very relaxed right now and hopefully tomorrow still the same thing.

“When I see a trophy, I just figure I want to grab it, so I just grab it.  But a couple of days ago one of the hockey fans told me they will never touch a trophy until they won, before it works out.  It just did not work out at Kraft.  It’s a major, so I better not touch it this time.  That’s how I learn.  I’m very relaxed and enjoy it.”

At least she can make light of her mistake!

I know there’s still a round of golf to play, but it’s hard to fathom Yani not pulling off the victory with a five-shot advantage over Cindy LaCrosse and Morgan Pressel. If Yani keeps it going today, she deserves accolades galore — including the cover of SI a la Rory, but that’s probably wishful thinking. Maybe when she reaches the 20 majors mark.

(AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)