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Yani Tseng

Date of birth : 1989-01-23
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Taiwan
Nationality : Taiwanese
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-09-13

Yani Tseng , born 23 January 1989) is a professional golfer from Taiwan currently playing on the LPGA Tour. She is the youngest player in LPGA history to win three career major championships.

Amateur career

Tseng was the top-ranked amateur in Taiwan from 2004 to 2006. The highlight of her amateur career was winning the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, defeating Michelle Wie in the final, 1 up.

* 2002 Won - Callaway Junior World Golf Championships (Girls 13-14)
* 2004 2nd place - Callaway Junior World Golf Championships (Girls 15-17)
* 2004 Won - U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
* 2005 Won - North and South Women's Amateur Golf Championship
* 2005 Semi-finalist - U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
* 2005 2nd place - North and South Women's Amateur Golf Championship

Professional career

Tseng turned professional in January 2007. She competed on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour and won the DLF Women’s Indian Open. She also competed on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, where she won the CN Canadian Women’s Tour at Vancouver Golf Club.

After finishing sixth in the final LPGA Qualifying Tournament in December 2007, Tseng earned full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2008. In June 2008, she claimed her first LPGA tour victory — the LPGA Championship — to become the first player from Taiwan to win an LPGA major championship. At age 19, she was also the youngest player to win the LPGA Championship and the second-youngest player to win an LPGA major.

Tseng was named LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2008.

On 29 March 2009, Tseng became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach the $2 million mark in career earnings. She achieved this point in 32 events, spanning 1 year, 1 month, and 13 days. The previous record holder was Paula Creamer who reached the mark in 1 year, 4 months, and 15 days in 2006.

On 4 April 2010 Tseng won the first major championship of the LPGA season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, by one stroke. She went on to win her second major of the year on 1 August 2010 by winning the Women's British Open by one stroke and is now the youngest woman in the modern era to win three major championships. LPGA founder Patty Berg was younger than Tseng when she won the 1939 Titleholders Championship. However, that was before the formation of the LPGA Tour in 1950 and the designation of official LPGA major tournaments.

In June 2011, she won the LPGA State Farm Classic over Cristie Kerr by three strokes. Two weeks later, she won the LPGA Championship. This made her the youngest player to win four LPGA majors. The next month she defended her title at the Women's British Open, becoming the first defending champion winner at the Women's British Open as a major. Her five major titles also made her the youngest player, male or female, to win five major championships.

Major Championships Wins:

2008 -McDonald's LPGA Championship
2010 -Kraft Nabisco Championship
2010 -Women's British Open
2011 - Ricoh Women's British Open


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