The 2010 season on the LPGA Tour has defined by parody. Week after week, it seems like we’re seeing different players step up and relish in their opportunity to try and be the best in the game. And while there have been several that have done it one or two times, there have been others who have stood out from the crowd. One of those players has been Yani Tseng, who recently picked up her third major championship of her career at the Women’s British Open, added another victory to her win total this year by the winning the P&G Northwest Arkansas Championship, holding off Michelle Wie for a one-shot victory.
Wie was the leader heading into the final round, after shooting a spectacular 64 in the second round yesterday, but just couldn’t do enough today to hold off a charging Tseng. It wasn’t that Wie did anything to lose the tournament, it was just more of a case of Tseng playing some great golf, and shooting just the right score to edge out Wie for the win.
It was all about the back nine for Tseng, as she picked up five birdies down the stretch, including the huge birdie on the par five 18th to capture the victory. Wie’s rally came up just short, as she managed to birdie the final two holes, but a bogey on 16 will have her wondering what might have been. She certainly played well enough to win, but it was Tseng’s time to shine in the final round, as she once again had some clutch putting down the stretch, which allowed her to get her third win of the season.
At only 21-years-old, Tseng is certainly making a name for herself on tour. She won’s two majors this season, and is just a fearless putter. She’s been very consistent this year, and her putting has clearly been one of the major reasons why we’ve seen her have the type of season she’s had. She’s proving to be one of the more clutch players on tour right now, and that’s kinda scary since she’s probably not even reached her prime yet.
Several years ago, Wie was the one that was hyped as the “next big thing.” And Wie’s starting to try and live up to that, as she’s had a very good year this season. But the next big thing in women’s golf might just be Tseng, as she’s getting better week in and week out, and she’s got the talent to be very special. The sky is the limit for her, and her performance this week was yet another example of just how good she can be.
Congrats to Tseng on the big win!
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