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Yani Tseng still world's top woman golfer, despite upset

2012/06/12 22:49:26

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Yani Tseng's title as the world's No. 1 woman golfer has not been affected, despite having fallen to the nadir of her professional career, which started in 2007, after she finished tied for 59th at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York June 10.

In the recently reviewed world rankings, however, the 23-year-old Taiwanese golfer continued as the top ranked for the 70th consecutive week, followed by American Stacy Lewis, who squeezed out Choi Na Yeon of South Korea, who was relegated to third.

So far this year, Tseng's earnings have accumulated to surpass US$1 million, the first female golfer to bag a million in the 2012 LPGA season.

However, her poor performance in the Wegmans tournament lost her the lead in terms of scoring average to Ai Miyazato of Japan for the season so far, with 70.23 strokes to Miyazato's 69.94.

It was a setback that frustrated the young star to such an extent that she she even started talking -- albeit tongue in cheek -- about retiring.

"I'm going to retire, too," Tseng joked in an interview with "This game is too hard."

She made the remarks after Grace Park, a 33-year-old South Korean, announced her retirement from the LPGA tour after her final round at the Wegmans championship. Tseng was playing in a twosome behind Park.

Tseng, the defending champion, carded a 4-over 76 in the final round for a total of 13-over 301 at the Locust Hill Country Club, the worst performance of her professional career.

"My confidence is at zero right now," she said.

Nevertheless, Tseng, is still very young -- just 23 years old -- and she must be aware that she has to cross over this low point to prove herself as the world's top woman golfer.

In the Golf Channel report, she also revealed that she might play in the LPGA's next event -- the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Canada.

Noting that she will discuss with her coach about whether she should play in that tournament, Tseng said that "I want to get some confidence back."

"Sometimes you need to build up your confidence on the golf course," she said. But she also admitted that she does not know whether it would be good for her to rush back onto the course or just take a break and forget about the setback.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)