LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2012 with the LPGA Tour's 12 top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones. Read about Yani Tseng in Story No. 6.
For Yani Tseng, it’s been quite an interesting past couple of seasons, full of many ups and downs.
The 15-time LPGA Tour winner was coming off a year to remember in 2011 that included only one missed cut, seven wins, including two wins, and an astounding 14 top-10 finishes in 22 events. Tseng also became the youngest player to win consecutive Rolex Player of the Year awards, won her first Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average with a final scoring average of 69.66, and topped the LPGA Official Money List with $2,921,713.
Fast-forward to 2012 and Tseng looked as if she picked up right where she left off as she finished in the top-10 in each of her first eight events of the season, which included winning three of the first five LPGA events. But after such a hot start, things stalled in a hurry for Tseng. In her next 11 events, she didn’t record a single top-10 and had three missed cuts which was triple the amount that she had during her remarkable 2011 season.
But just when it seemed that Tseng’s slump might prolong into the remainder of the season, she found a way to bounce back. In her final four events of the year, Tseng recorded three top 5 finishes. She finished third at the LPGA KEB · HanaBank Championship, third at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship and fourth at the Mizuno Classic.
With such a topsy-turvy year, Tseng made a point to remind everyone that she still holds the coveted No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings which she transcended to on February 14, 2011.
“I'm still World Number 1,” said Tseng, “so don't forget about that.”