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All bets on Taiwan's Tseng in U.S. Women's Open

2011/07/07 18:50:17

Taipei, July 6 (CNA) Taiwanese golf star Yani Tseng was ranked Wednesday by ESPN as the player most worth watching at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open.

Tseng, 22, who has already clinched four majors, could become the youngest golfer to win a career Grand Slam, beating Swedish golf queen Annika Sorenstam's record by two years.

If all goes well for her on the Broadmoor East Course, Tseng will become the seventh golfer in LPGA history to win a career grand slam.

Sorenstam was full of praise for Tseng at an interview in Colorado Wednesday, saying that when she first saw Tseng, the Taiwanese golfer was a young girl with big dreams and potential, and has worked very hard to get to where she is today.

Tseng has really improved over the years and her excellent long shots and performance on the course have shown people her determination, said Sorenstam.

It will be difficult for anyone to match Tseng in the next few years, she predicted.

Sorenstam, who Tseng describes as one of her idols, won the U.S. Women's Open in 1995. She has been invited to be an honorary chairwoman for the 2011 U.S. Women's Open.

Tseng, meanwhile, has a good chance of becoming the youngest golfer to ever enter the World Golf Hall of Fame.

For candidates to enter the World Golf Hall of Fame's LPGA Tour category, they need to have been a professional golfer for 10 years and to have acquired a total of 27 points.

Tseng has won an average of two majors per year in the last four years, and already has accumulated 13 points with four majors, meaning that she could qualify for World Golf Hall of Fame membership at the age of 28 in 2018 if she keeps up her game.

"I hope to become the first ethnic Chinese to qualify for membership in the World Golf Hall of Fame" Tseng said to Chinese reporters at a pre-interview at the U.S. Women's Open.

"Becoming the world number one has always been my goal, but becoming a great golfer and entering the Hall of Fame is my ultimate dream,"she said.

(By Leaf Chiang, Lung Bo-an, and C.J. Lin)