Tiger Woods of the LPGA
By mustang6560 on 8/1/11
Yani Tseng is the Tiger Woods of the LPGA. And statistically, a more successful version.
The Taiwanese golfer successfully defended her Women's British Open title at Carnoustie and at 22 years old, she is the youngest player in history - male or female - to win five majors.
Yani Tseng, 22, came from two shots back to win the RICOH Women's British Open and make news as the youngest player -- male or female -- to capture five major titles. She had a closing-round 69 to finish at 16 under par and four clear of America's Brittany Lang as the latter came chasing through the field with a last-round 67.I wonder if Tiger Woods likes being the standard to which everyone is compared? You hear the comparison quite often, "Yani Tseng is the Tiger Woods of the LPGA", "Jordan Spieth is a young Tiger Woods", and my personal favorite, "Rory McIlroy is the next Tiger Woods".
For now, I think it's safe to say, Yani is the most dominant golfer on the planet - she is already halfway to Annika Sorenstam, who has 10 majors. But, Tiger will be back in action this week so we'll have to wait and see what he has to say about it.
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Across the pond, the Champions Tour was in action for the U.S. Senior Open at Inverness.
Olin Browne is NOT the Tiger Woods of the Champions Tour, but the 52 year old did dominate at the Senior U.S. Open with a wire-to-wire win. Olin held off Mark O'Meara to capture his first major on the grownup tour.
photo by Keith Allison
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Absolutely. If you dig deeper into the story, and look at the stats they do recall a certain Cablinasian golf great of the 00's. Yani is 2nd in driving distance, 2nd in GIR and top ten in putting. Who does that??? LPGA doesn't appear to keep the "all-around ranking" stat but I'm pretty sure Yani would be owning it. Anyways the stats suggest that she is playing on a whole different level, ala Tiger in 2000. Which is to say that she does not need her A-game to win on any given week, because she hits it so far and putts so well. There has to be some demoralizing effect.
The rest of the top women (except for Pettersen whose putting kinda sucks) are all short knockers who need to be really be on their games and precise to win in a given week. They are overmatched. She's not quite there yet but if Yani keeps up this level she will lock up the #1 ranking for the next decade or so.
I tune in every chance I get, because her golf game is fantastic. There are only a handful of girls who strike the ball with that kind of force and high trajectory and among them Yani by far has the best putting and mental game. It is fascinating to watch her game develop-- I remember her first few wins where she was quite visibly nervous coming down the stretch but now look at her, the most feared player out there.
I just checked the latest LPGA stats. Yani now leads in driving distance and GIR, ranks fourth in putting and leads in scoring average by almost one full stroke per round. That means she's averaging four strokes per tournament better than her closest competitor Christie Kerr. Scary.
Want me to try and get her phone number for you?
Torleif Sorenson says:
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LB: Yep, it's hard to argue with the statistics, which translate into cold, hard facts; Yani is arguably more awesome than Tiger. How long will it be before the rest of the world catches up and realizes this?
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