Oct
9
2011
And Here’s Your New Annika or Lorena: Yani Wins 6th LPGA Title of Year
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Now that's a ride for a champion!

World’s No. 1 Yani Tseng notched her sixth LPGA victory of the season at the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in South Korea. She shot 67 in the final round to beat Na Yeon Choi by a stroke. It was also Tseng’s 10th title worldwide of the year. I’ve got one word in Twitter-speak: #dominant

“It was very tough out there,” said the 22-year-old from Taiwan. “Na Yeon Choi was playing so good today. … She made two birdies in a row and I missed the birdie putt. I really enjoyed it out there. It’s not easy. I tried to focus on every shot, every hole.”

Two years ago the tables were turned when Choi birdied the final hole to beat Yani by a stroke. In fact, Yani barely remembered it.

“I didn’t think anything like two years ago,” Tseng said. “I kind of forgot and learned from that. She played great and I played good. I did my best then, and I feel like she just played better than me and she deserved to win the tournament.

“Two years after, we both have got some more experience and we both got more wins. It’s very different out there.”

It’s a shame that Yani doesn’t receive the credit and attention she should and I know it’s tough to follow the stop-and-go LPGA schedule, especially with the time difference when they’re in Asia, but I’m sure she sleeps just fine at night! After all, she’s playing for herself. Still, it’s absurd that she’s barely received recognition for all the records she’s broken this year — when she won the LPGA Championship in May, she became the youngest player male or female to win four majors.

Congrats, Yani.

Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Christina Kim captured the Sicilian Ladies Italian Open, her first win on the LET.

(AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)