Yani Tseng receives two nods; Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu with one nomination
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, June 28, 2012 – Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng leads a quartet of LPGA stars with two nominations for the 2012 ESPY Awards. Winners will be announced July 11, 2012 at 9 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.
Tseng is the only female nominated in the Best International Athlete alongside Novak Djokovic, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. She is also nominated for Best Female Golfer with fellow Tour stars Kerr and Ryu.
“I was pretty excited,” Tseng said of learning that she was nominated for two ESPY awards. “Last year I didn’t win the award for Best Female Golfer and it was my first time being nominated for an ESPY. So it’s pretty exciting. I’ll be watching on TV to see if I can get this award because it’s like an Oscar in sports. It would be great if I can win it this year because that’s going to make me feel that all of my hard work and success from last year has paid off and that people see it.”
In 2011, Kerr made 22 of 24 cuts with 12 top-10’s including three runner-up finishes and more than $1.4 million in earnings, enough for second on the LPGA Official Money List.
“It’s an honor,” said Kerr, who won the 2011 ESPY for Best Female Golfer. “It really shows that people are starting to pay attention to women’s golf. It’s just great to be able to be nominated after winning when I feel I didn’t have quite as good a year as I had the year before. So it’s just great to be in the mix.
Ryu’s victory at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open vaulted her onto the LPGA scene and provided her with Tour membership this season. She currently leads the 2012 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race.
“It feels like I am now one of the LPGA Ambassadors because I’m one of the three nominated for this,” Ryu said. “Cristie Kerr and Yani Tseng have already been World No. 1. I haven’t gotten there yet but my world ranking is coming up and someday I want to be the No. 1 player in the world so this is very exciting. I think these awards are really, really great and I think lots of great sports stars are coming so it’s really an honor to me.”
Lexi Thompson received a nomination for Best Record-Breaking Performance after becoming the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic. Thompson will be competing in that category against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (NFL passing yards record), Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (wins milestone), and New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera (saves milestone).
“It means a lot,” Thompson said of being nominated in the Best Record-Breaking Performance category. “When I read the email that said I was invited, I didn’t know I was going to be a nominee. But to be a part of that group is just an honor. When I think back on that win last year, all that comes to mind is walking up to the 18th green with my dad. It gave me chills. It was the best experience of my life and I will never forget it.”
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All four LPGA players nominated for the 2012 ESPY Awards will tee it up at this week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas.