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Yani Tseng selected as USSA's athlete of the month

2012/04/13 17:57:40

Taipei, April 12 (CNA) World No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan has been named the United States Sports Academy's (USSA) Athlete of the Month for March, beating out American skier Lindsey Vonn and four other nominees.

Tseng won the honor for winning back-to-back LPGA tournaments -- the Kia Classic and the LPGA Founders Cup -- during the month, giving her 15 career wins on the LPGA Tour.

"The victories increased Tseng's lead in the world rankings over No. 2 Na Yeon Choi by a bigger margin than the gap between Choi and the final name (No. 766) on the rankings," the USSA noted in explaining her selection on Wednesday U.S. time.

Vonn clinched her fourth Alpine World Cup overall title in March and set a women's record for most points in a World Cup season with 1,980.

Tiger Woods of the United States was selected as Athlete of the Month for March among six male nominees after winning his first PGATour event since 2009.

The academy selects a male and female athlete every month and the winners of the monthly polls are then considered as candidates for the academy's Athlete of the Year award, which Tseng won in 2011 after a dominant season.

The 23-year old Tseng has already won five majors in her professional career. No other male or female golfer has won as many major titles at the same age, not even Woods, who won his fifth in 2000 when he was 24.

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