Player Spotlight: Yani Tseng

Yani Tseng enters this week's LPGA Tour Championship at the No. 4 spot in the Rolex Rankings, but the third-year LPGA pro from Taiwan hopes to make her final dash for top honors at the season-ending event.

Tseng once again stepped up at the LPGA's major championships this year, winning two of four and posting top-20 results in each of the Tour's most coveted events. Tseng earned her first win of 2010 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April, and then traveled abroad to win the RICOH Women's British Open in August. Her third tournament win came in September at the 2010 P&G NW Arkansas Championship. She added a runner-up finish at the Mizuno Classic in Japan in early November.

With season earnings of nearly $1.557 million and a current third-place ranking on the LPGA's 2010 money list, Tseng has made her presence felt throughout the season with eight top-10 finishes and 38 rounds under par. A five-time tournament winner, she hopes to add one more victory at the conclusion of this year's tight race for bragging rights as the Rolex Rankings' No. 1.

As the 2008 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, Tseng won the LPGA Championship two years ago, adding two different majors this year. A win at the U.S. Women's Open Championship would enable her to complete the career grand slam. But first things first: This week, the Taiwanese star's only goal is to end the season with one more win.

A current resident of Orlando, Tseng hopes that the comforts of home will extend to the cross-town tournament venue of Grand Cypress Resort. And with a hometown advantage, Tseng's 2010 season could conclude right where she wants to be - at the No. 1 position on the Rolex Rankings.

The Rolex Rankings awards points based on the field strength and evaluate a player's performance over a rolling two-year period weighted in favor of the current year with emphasis on the most recent 13 weeks of competition. The LPGA Tour Championship will decide who will end the 2010 LPGA Tour season as the Rolex Rankings No. 1.

 

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