It wasn’t long ago that Yani Tseng was the dominant player in women’s golf atop the Rolex Ranking in her early 20s and ready to make to run as one of the all-time best in her profession.
Tseng racked up 15 LPGA Tour victories including five major titles and seemed unstoppable. There were comparisons to a Tiger Woods-like dominance surrounding her game.
Now, the 25-year-old from Taiwan is another player in the field struggling to earn a Top 10 finish. What happened?
It would seem to be a combination of her competition stepping up and her loss of confidence. She said in several interviews that she did not like the pressure of being World No. 1. Now, Tseng has slipped to 82nd in the Rolex Rankings.
Tseng’s last victory came in 2012 when she won three times. In 2014, she logged just two Top 10 finishes all season including a runner-up effort at Kingsmill in May and a T-5 at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She also missed six the cut six times. Qualifying for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, Tseng was T-41 with rounds of 73-76-73-71. She ended up 57th in the Race to the CME Globe standings well back of the champion — teenager Lydia Ko.
Perhaps, the 2015 season will be a bounce-back year for Tseng. She was 9th on the LPGA Tour in 2014 in Driving Distance at 261 yards, but was just 156th in Driving Accuracy. She was 16th in Putting Average at less than 30 putts per round. Her Scoring Average held her back — 65th at 72.1.
She and the rest of the LPGA Tour tees off the 2015 season in Florida at the inaugural Coates Golf Championship in Ocala. The tournament begins the week of Jan. 26 and features a Saturday final-round finish.
Other Golf News:
- Suzann Pettersen entered this week at No. 4 in the Rolex Ranking. She has a streak of 393 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 — a run that is expected to continue well into 2015.
- World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson had his string of 10 straight years with a PGA Tour victory snapped in 2014. Mickelson, who won twice in 2013, is currently 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Phil has 42 career wins.
- The LPGA Tour has 33 tournaments on its 2015 schedule plus the Solheim Cup, scheduled in Germany.
- The PGA Tour opens the 2015 calendar in Hawaii for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Jan. 9-12 at Kapalua’s Plantation Course as part of the Aloha Swing. Zach Johnson is the defending champion. Golf Channel has the television coverage all week.