Yani Tseng was withdrawn from The KIA Classic when she overslept, and missed her tee time for the ProAm on Wednesday morning. Tseng is the defending champion at Carlsbad, and has 15 victories in her LPGA career, but has not had a particularly good start to the 2013 season.
“I’m embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t feeling well last night and accidentally overslept and missed my tee time for the pro-am this morning. I was extremely excited to compete this week to defend my title at the Kia Classic and to try to regain the No. 1 spot. This was an unfortunate mistake and I want to apologize to Kia, my sponsors and all of the fans. The Kia Classic is one of my favorite tournaments and I have so many great memories in San Diego. I can’t wait to come back here next year.”
The KIA Classic will be played at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, is 6592 yards, and plays to a par of 72. This is the fourth year for this event, and has a purse of $1.7 Million Dollars.
Stacy Lewis is in the field this week after capturing her seventh career victory at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday. With her win, she unseats Yani Tseng from the Rolex Rankings No. 1 spot and takes her place as the No. 1 female golfer in the world. The 2012 Player of the Year comes off her second consecutive victory of the 2013 season with her first coming at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.
Lewis is well-known for her fierce work ethic and dedication to her fitness routine and being crowned the best player in the world didn’t hold the Texas native back from hitting the gym amidst the media requests and outpouring of congratulations and well-wishes. She said she did get a chance on Sunday to celebrate just a little bit, but after arriving in the San Diego area at about 1 a.m. on Monday morning, it was back to work for the seven-time LPGA Tour winner.
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