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5'6 ';Started playing golf at the age of 6…Credits her parents, Tony Kao (her first coach in Taiwan) and Ernie Huang (her U.S. host and mentor since 2001) as the individuals most influencing her career…Has one brother and one sister…Enjoys sports, shooting pool, watching movies, shopping and hanging out with friends…Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt…Represents Adams Golf, Oakley and Lacoste...nominated for the 2011 Athlete of the Year by the United States Sports Academy.
2012 in a Nutshell
- 24 events, 21 cuts made, $1,430,159 (4)
- 11 top-10 finishes, eight top-5 finishes including three victories (Honda LPGA Thailand, RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, Kia Classic)
- Became the fastest player in LPGA history to cross the $8 million mark in career earnings when she recorded her second win of the season at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
In 2011, became the youngest player to win consecutive Rolex Player of the Year awards, clinching the honor with five events remaining on the 2011 schedule; also won her first Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average with a final scoring average of 69.66; won seven LPGA events, including two majors, and topped the LPGA Official Money List with $2,921,713; also won four international events; led the LPGA in the following statistical categories: birdies (368), rounds under par (54 of 77),rounds in the 60's (41 of 77), top-10 finish percentage (63.6%), driving distance average (269.2 yards); At 22 years, 6months, 8 days, Tseng became the youngest player ever, male or female, to win 5 majors after claiming the RICOH Women's British Open; at 22 years, 4 months, 18 days Tseng became the youngest LPGA player to win four majors after her victory at the Wegmans LPGA Championship; won her first four starts worldwide in 2011: the Taifong Ladies Open on the LPGA of Taiwan Tour; the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open and ANZ RACV Ladies Open on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour on the Ladies European Tour (LET), and the Honda LPGA Thailand, the season-opener on the LPGA;also won the LPGA State Farm Classic and Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G where she crossed the $2 million mark in season earnings and earned her 10th career LPGA victory, LPGA HanaBank Championship, where she became the youngest player in LPGA history to clinch consecutive Rolex Player of the Year awards, and the inaugural Sunrise LPGA Championship in her native Tawian. Other top-10 finishes included: second at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, third at the HSBC Women's Champions; tied for fifth at the Kia Classic and Sybase Match Play Championship; tied for sixth at the CME Group Titleholders; seventh at the ShopRite LPGA Classic; also won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open on the LET.
In 2010, became the first player from Taiwan and second-youngest (Nancy Lopez, 1978) player at 21 years of age to win theRolex Player of the Year; won two major championships, the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the RICOH Women's BritishOpen, her second and third LPGA major championship victories; won the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart, the fifth victory of her LPGA career; finished second at the Mizuno Classic; third at the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand; tied for third at the HSBC Women's Champions; tied for fifth at the Sybase Match Play Championship; tied for tenth at the U.S. Women's Open; won the HANDA Australian Women's Open on the Ladies European Tour (LET); named Female Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA).
In 2009, won the LPGA Corning Classic, where she carded a career-low 62 in the third round; carded runner-up finishes at the MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta Presented by Nextel, the Wegmans LPGA and the Hana Bank - KOLON Championship 2009; became the fastest in LPGA history to cross the $2 million mark in career earnings with a tie for fourth at the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Presented by Mirassou Winery (32 events; 1 year, 1 month, 13 days); other top-10finishes include a tie for fourth at the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV, where she crossed the $1 million mark in season earnings, ties for fifth at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay and the Corona Championship, a tie for sixth at theJamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, as well as a tie for seventh at the Honda LPGA Thailand and tiesfor eighth at the Samsung World Championship, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Corona Light and the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex; led the Tour in birdies with 381.
In 2008, secured the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award at the ADT Championship - the final event where points could be earned - defeating Na Yeon Choi by 267 points; recorded 10 top-eight became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, where she defeated Maria Hjorth in a four-hole, sudden-death playoff; carded a 64 in the second round of both the Ginn OPEN and CN Canadian Women's Open, where she finished third;crossed the $1 million mark in season and career earnings with a runner-up finish at the LPGA State Farm Classic, where she lost to Ji Young Oh in a one-hole, sudden death playoff; led the Tour with 388 birdies.
In 2007, turned professional in January and competed on the Asian Golf Tour, where she won the DLF Women’s Indian Open; also competed on the CN Canadian Women's Tour, where she won the CN Canadian Women's Tour at Vancouver Golf Club and tied for sixth at the CN Canadian Women's Open; finished sixth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 2008 LPGA season.
Tseng had a well-decorated amateur career that included four wins in the United States and 15 international victories. She was the top-ranked amateur in Taiwan from 2004-06. She won the 2003 Callaway Junior Golf Championship and finished runner-up in2004. She won the 2004 USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and was a semifinalist in 2005. Tseng won the2005 North & South Women's Amateur Championship by defeating Morgan Pressel in the final match, and also won the 2005Arizona Silver Belle Championship. She also won the Asia Pacific Junior Championship in 2003-05.