Yani vs. Tiger

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Yani Tseng of Taiwan hits her tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club.

April 5 2012, Ward Clayton
Even though Yani Tseng failed to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship last week, her latest age achievement may prove to be the ultimate.

No one has won more than Tseng at age 23. Not even Tiger Woods.

Tseng has won 15 times in her professional career, tying Tiger Woods in the age category. Woods won 15 times, including two majors, before turning 24 in December 1999. Tseng has won 15 times with five majors, at age 23 years, 2 months and 9 days. Woods was age 23 years, 10 months and 7 days when he won for the 15th time at the 1999 World Golf Championships-American Express Championship.

The similarities begin with their first professional victories.  Tseng turned professional in January 2007 at age 18 and won her fifth start as a professional that spring, at the DLF Women’s Indian Open on the Asian Tour, in a one-hole playoff (over Thailand's Russamee Gulynamitta). Eleven years prior to that, a 20-year-old Woods won his fifth start as professional, at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, also in a one-hole playoff (over Davis Love III).

Tseng has studied Woods’ game, starting with the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., just one week after winning her first major, the McDonald’s LPGA Championship. She walked all 18 holes with his group during a round there.

“I've been watching him many times, and I think I'm learning a lot from him to try to focus because he always plays in front of huge crowds,” Tseng said before the Kraft Nabisco Championship. “So that way it gives lots of focus just on this fairway instead of looking at anything else.”

A comparison between Yani Tseng and Tiger Woods during their professional careers on the LPGA and PGA Tour, respectively:

 Age Tseng (Wins-Majors-Top 10s)   Woods (Wins-Majors-Top 10s)
 19  1-1-10  Amateur
 20  1-0-14  2-NA*-5
 21  3-2-8  4-1-9
 22  7-2-14  1-0-13
 23  3-0-6**  8-1-16
 Total  15-5-42  15-2-38
*-Didn’t make any professional starts in a major.

**-Season still in progress.

Topics: Tseng, Yani, Player Feature

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