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Yani Tseng dismisses rumors of retirement thoughts

2012/06/14 21:10:39

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) World No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan dismissed Thursday rumors that she might retire, saying that on the contrary, she looked forward to the challenges lying ahead.

Tseng rebutted in her statement writer Randall Mell's words on Twitter that Tseng was "mulling retirement" after finishing tied for 59th June 10 at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York.

The 23-year-old said that she was disappointed with her worse-than-expected performances in the past two outings, saying they were caused by psychological pressures associated with her self-expectations and concerns about public attention.

Tseng shot a 13-over-par 301 in the season's second major tournament, which she won by a landslide last year. The 59th ranking was the worst in her past 26 games and the just-concluded event also marked the first time in her professional career that she had carded over 300 strokes in four rounds.

She said in the statement that she did not have plans to end her stellar career and now was the time for her to transform disappointment into a form of psychological power and learn from previous mistakes to deal with the challenges that lie ahead.

"I told myself that Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are among the top players that have been through tough times. But they all came back and continue to challenge in tours," she went on.

Tseng said she will discuss competition strategies with her coach and caddie in the next two weeks and that she will find time to talk with her idol Annika Sorenstam, a noted retired female golfer.

"No one can always win, but what we will always have is the passion for and insistence on golf," she added.

(By Lung Po-an and Jamie Wang)