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Tseng keeps tight grip on world No.1 ranking

2012/09/19 23:28:35

Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) Yani Tseng of Taiwan, who has been struggling to recover from a recent slump, stood firmly at the top in the latest Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings on Wednesday.

Tseng has held the top ranking for 84 consecutive weeks, although she dropped to 13.55 points this week. She maintained a healthy lead over Na Yeon Choi of South Korean, who was in second place with 8.44 points.

The 23-year-old Tseng, who already has five majors under her belt, has not had a top 10 finish in a stroke play event on the LPGA Tour since mid-April.

She has also missed the cut in three of her last seven events, a remarkable number considering that she only missed three cuts on the LPGA Tour in the first four full years of her professional career from 2008 to 2011.

Last week, Tseng failed to defend her two-time winning title and finished tied for 26th at the Ricoh Women's British Open.

According to the LPGA's website, Tseng's year to date earnings have dropped to sixth place, or US$1.08 million, and she was overtaken by South Korean player Jiyai Shin.

Shin has won the British Open and Kingsmill Championship, taking total prize money of US$ 1.17 million so far this year.

Shin's outstanding performance has moved her up from 10th to 5th in the world rankings while her "Player of the Year" award has helped put her points standing at 128. Tseng, who fell to third place with 120 points, was the winner in 2010 and 2011.

American Stacy Lewis has recorded the highest points of 158 on the "Player of the Year" scoreboard, while South Korean Inbee Park took top spot on the LPGA's money list with her year to date earnings of US$1.67 million.

(By Lung Po-an and Maia Huang)