Each week throughout the year we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life - both on and off the course. Up next in the "This week is all about..." series is Amy Yang. Be sure to read the latest buzz about Yang.
Yang, LaCrosse, Choe players to watch in ’11
Why the rise? Yang’s third year on tour was buoyed by a cast of veteran supporters. Her swing coach of 16 months, Tom Creavy, helped her add 10 yards to her irons. Creavy is Se Ri Pak’s longtime instructor. Yang, a South Korean who spent her high-school years in Australia, often is confused with Pak. Yang concedes there might be a similarity in appearance from “far away.”
After Lorena Ochoa announced her retirement, Yang’s manager sent an e-mail to Ochoa’s caddie, Greg Johnston, to see if he was available. Johnston signed on, and Yang said her course management immediately improved. Johnston had caddied for Juli Inkster, Michelle Wie and Suzann Pettersen, among others, before Ochoa. More>>
Amy Yang takes early lead at Kraft Nabisco
By Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer
RANCHO MIRAGE, California — Amy Yang shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over a revitalized Lindsey Wright in Thursday's opening round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Yani Tseng was third at 68, ending the world's top-ranked player's streak of eight consecutive rounds with the lead. The five-time major champion has won two straight tournaments and three of five this season, while Yang and Wright have never won on the LPGA Tour.
The 22-year-old Yang made five birdies in seven holes around the turn at Mission Hills, using a steady putting stroke to take the early lead in the first major of the year. Wright had five birdies on her back nine.
Michelle Wie opened with a 73, and defending champion Stacy Lewis had four consecutive bogeys in a 74.
Wright, who fought her way back from depression and anxiety to rejoin the LPGA Tour, says she's grateful for every good day on the links and every peaceful night away from golf. More>>
Yani Tseng, Amy Yang share LPGA Tour lead
by Associated Press
ROGERS, Ark. — Defending champion Yani Tseng shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday and Amy Yang had a 64 to share the second-round lead in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship at 9 under.
The top-ranked Tseng, the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open winner, leads the tour with four victories this season and has seven overall wins this year.
"I think it's hard to not have pressure because, I mean, for sure I've got pressure tomorrow, defending champion and in the lead," Tseng said. "The kind of thing's going to be a little pressure, but I just want to enjoy that pressure. I know tomorrow, first couple holes going to be nervous. If I were not nervous, that would be a little weird, so I mean, I care."
Taylor Leon (67) was a stroke back, and former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis (69) was 7 under along with U.S. Solheim Cup teammate Cristie Kerr (66), Inbee Park (65) and Jin Young Pak (68). More>>
Yang holds 3-shot lead at LPGA Tour Championship
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — About the only thing going low at the LPGA Tour Championship is the temperature.
Well, that and Amy Yang's scorecard.
Yang shot a 2-under 70 in a safe and solid second round Friday, good enough to hold a three-shot lead when play was called for darkness. Only 10 of the 120 players in the field were under par.
"It is very surprising," said Yang, who is going for her first LPGA victory and has never led a round until this week.
Not that she's complaining.
The lack of low scores in a bloated field that features the top players on tour made her score stick all day. Maria Hjorth (68) and Seon Hwa Lee (73) were three shots back, and world No. 1 Jiyai Shin (75) is projected to make the cut on the number to keep her chances of holding the ranking at season's end alive.
The near-freezing conditions and a competitive course has tested players more than they could've imagined. And Yang has handled the challenge better them anyone. More>>