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LPGA Player Profile: Yani Tseng

As we wait for the LPGA to resume its schedule, I would like to do another LPGA profile. These profiles have proven very popular with my readers.

The player I have chosen today is:
                                                           Yani Tseng

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Born:  1/23/89 (29 years old)
Hometown:  Toayuan, Chines Taipei
Resides:  Orlando, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2008

2017 Earnings:  $107,504 (99th)

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Yani Tseng holds up her 2010 Ricoh Women's British Open trophy.

Yani has won 15 times on the LPGA tour, Including 5 Major Championships:
  • 2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship
  • 2009 LPGA Corning Classic
  • 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship
  • 2010 Ricoh Women's British Open
  • 2010 P&G NW Arkansas Championship
  • 2011 Honda LPGA Thailand
  • 2011 LPGA State Farm Classic
  • 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship
  • 2011 Ricoh Women's British Open
  • 2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
  • 2011 HanaBank LPGA Championship
  • 2011 LPGA Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship
  • 2012 Honda LPGA Thailand
  • 2012 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
  • 2012 Kia Classic
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Yani successfully defended her Ricoh Women's British Open title in 2011.

Best finishes in major championships:
  • ANA Inspiration - 1st in 2010
  • KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 1st in 2008, 2011
  • U.S. Women's Open - 10th in 2010
  • Ricoh Women's British Open - 1st in 2010, 2011
  • The Evian Championship - 36th in 2016
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Yani won the Kia Classic in 2012. It is her last victory to date.

Career Stats:
  • 247 career starts
  • 191 cuts made (77.3%)
  •  68  top tens (27.5%)
  • Has $10,505,251 in career earnings (12th on the all-time LPGA career money list).

Yani Tseng and I at the U.S. Women's Open in Colorado Springs.

Other career highlights & special achievements:
  • Spent 109 weeks from 2011 to 2013 as the #1 player in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, the second most career weeks at #1 all-time behind Lorena Ochoa.
  • Two-time member of Chinese Taipei at the UL International Crown (2014, 2016) posting, a 2-5 overall record.
  • 2011 Vare Trophy winner.
  • 2010 and 2011 Rolex Player of the Year.
  • 2008 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year.

Links to Previous Player Profiles:
Beatriz Recari

This Week's Trivia Question: (for those who missed it earlier)

Who is the only left handed golfer to ever win an LPGA event?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.


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