Yani Tseng: Bring on the PGA Tour!
By mustang6560 on 11/1/11
Yani Tseng is ready to play with the big boys of the PGA Tour.
“If an opportunity presents itself, I would like to play in a PGA tournament to learn more from male golfers,” the Taiwanese star said after the second round of the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China.It should come as no surprise that Yani wants to mix it up on the PGA Tour as I'm sure she's starting to get bored beating up on the ladies. I mean, she just won for the 11th time this season last weekend at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship by a whopping five strokes.
The biggest obstacle Yani would have to overcome to be able to compete with the boys is driving distance. The courses the PGA Tour plays are long and tight so you have to be able to get it out there to stand a chance. Yani led the LPGA in driving in 2011, but even as the longest hitter on the female tour (267.9), she would still rank last on the PGA Tour behind Brian Gay (269.8). But, if Brian can make 18 cuts out of 26 starts averaging less than 270 yards off the tee, so can Yani.
The PGA Tour has no rule limiting players to "men only" so I wouldn't be surprised to see Yani tee it up in a Fall Series event next year. Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie and Suzy Whaley have teed it up with the boys before, but none of them were able to make the cut. I'm not sure how the top female golfer in the world would do playing on the PGA Tour, but on the right course I would be willing to bet she could make the cut.
photo by Keith Allison
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That would be something if she contended.
Kurt the Knife says:
I would like to see that.
She would get demolished.
I am all for it if men can play on the LPGA.
For the record, I really like Yani...but think this is a stupid idea. Call me a chauvinist (if you wish), but I don't understand the notion.
I think the problem that most people see is that the PGA gets nothing out of it. If she loses or misses the cut everyone is like "oh that's expected whatever", but if she makes it or even wins then it shows badly on the PGA like "why are these guys losing to someone who plays courses that are 1000 yards shorter AND she's a girl". It's a no-win for the PGA. I'd like to see her step up and kill it. That would be the best thing ever for the LPGA.
It would be interesting to see Yani compete. I agree with @birdie that the PGA stands to gain nothing but a Fall series event would probably get a boost in interest if she played. Well, she has put out the feeler, let's see if any event bites.
Heck, she would probably like to try playing against the men just because there will be a tournament to play in, especially considering how many off weeks there are on the LPGA Tour now.
birdieX, if Yani (or any LPGA member) competed in an event through Sunday the PGA would gain Nielsen ratings and prime office cooler chatter. Such an event would be great for golf! Since the PGA only exists because of sponsors, any good press is great for business.
if a tourney wants to invite her, let her play. as for who gets what out of it, additional buzz for that event, the LPGA gets some needed attention for its best player, not sure what it does for the rest of that tour though. When Annika played Colonial the place was packed on Thurs/Friday, so more gate receipt? don't know if that would translate to additional advertising dollars. probably helps that specific event and its charity more than anyone else
She would get beat, but that isn't what she is saying; she wants to play one for an opportunity to learn. I am not so worried about a golfer losing a slot... big deal.
The Puerto Rico Open said they'd welcome Yani.
Let's do it, why the hell not. If a handful of tournaments felt a pre-teen Michelle Wie was worthy of the chance then so is Yani Tseng. Hasn't she done enough at this point to merit an invitation. It will be interesting from a golf standpoint to see how a player who has separated herself from her LPGA peers will stack up against the PGAT, so if people outside of golf think its stupid--so what, who cares what they think anyways. If a few male golf professionals get shown up or have their egos bruised--so what, suck it up. Michelle Wie beat some PGAT pros and guess what, life goes on, nobody cares.
Every once in a while a good LPGA player thinks she can play with the PGA boys, and yes she probably will beat a few, maybe. I don't have a problem with it as long as the course is the same for all players. I hope any tournament she might play in has a good field so the differences are obvious. Ms. Tseng's driving average is 2 yds. less than the shortest guy on the PGA. Driving distance isn't everything but how many 425+ par 4 holes do they play on the LPGA? It will be interesting. I still think she is a little over rated or perhaps she is head and shoulders above the rest of the LPGA and that is what people see. Yani has 12 LPGA wins. Annika has 72. She has to go a bit before we give her Annika's crown as the best ever. Annika knew she couldn't compete with the PGA.
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