Yani Tseng Collects
Fourth Major Victory
PITTSFORD, NEW YORK | Yani Tseng had said
she would “smile all day” as she made her way
around Locust Hill Country Club in the final round
of the Wegmans LPGA Championship Sunday.
Clearly, it was a mostly frown-free afternoon
for a 22-year-old woman who won her fourth
professional major championship faster than
anyone since 1872, when 21-year-old Young
Tom Morris accomplished the feat.
With one last birdie out of a bunker at the 17th
hole, Tseng got to 19 under and stayed there with
a finishing par that left her with a final-round 66 and a 72-hole total of 269.
The 19 under matched the
lowest score in relation to par in
a major, an LPGA record held
by defending champion Cristie
Kerr, Dottie Pepper and Karen
Stupples and by Tiger Woods on
the PGA Tour.
“I almost cried coming up
18,” Tseng said. “I had very
good emotions today. So many
people were supporting me. I
feel so appreciative.”
Tseng had taken a five-shot lead into the final 18
holes and most of her
closest pursuers admitted the day before
she was not likely
to back up to the
field the way she
had wilted in April
at the Kraft Nabisco.
On that day, she began with a two-shot lead,
then shot 74 and lost by three to Stacy Lewis.
Even worse, she was roundly criticized for
hugging the trophy on display at the first hole
before the start of the final round.
“When I see a trophy, I just figure I want to
grab it,” the native of Taiwan said this week.
“But a couple of days ago, one of the hockey
fans told me (players) will never touch a trophy
until they have won. It just did not work out at
the Kraft. It’s a major, so I better not touch it
this time. That’s how I learn.”
Tseng already was the fastest woman to
reach three major championships when she
prevailed at the Women’s British Open last sum-
mer at Royal Birkdale. She also won the LPGA
Championship in 2008 for her first victory
on the Tour, and prevailed at the Kraft
Nabisco last year as well. For some
perspective, Woods did not win his
fourth major until he was 24.
Tseng’s next goal: becoming
the youngest player ever to win
a career Grand Slam of all four
major titles. She’ll attempt that
feat in two weeks when she’ll ob-
viously be the overwhelming
and frequently smiling favor-
ite to win the U.S. Women’s
Open at the Broadmoor in
“I think I have a chance,”
she said. “I’m playing really
Yani Tseng started the final round
five strokes ahead of the field
and never looked back.
the History Books
Congratulations Yani for
becoming the youngest golfer
to win four major championships
on any professional golf tour.
And youngest ever
Winner of the 2011
Wegmans LPGA Championship
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