All Hail Yani Tseng! Oakley Golf Star Takes Founders Cup Despite Wild Arizona Weather


Oakley golf sensation Yani Tseng weathered (yes, pun intended) some serious conditions at the Scottsdale, Arizona based Founders Cup to secure her second LPGA title in four events on the year. Her victory at the Wildfire Golf Club also marked her 14th career LPGA victory. Did we mention she’s only 24 years old? Tseng’s remarkable rise to the top of the LPGA is a true testament to her hard work and determination on and off the course.

Tseng finished an extraordinary tournament with a four-under 68 final round, one stroke ahead of fellow Oakley teammates, Na Yeon Choi and Ai Miyazato, who tied for second. With a weekend total of 18-under par, Tseng proved that the heinous Arizona weather was no match for her skills on the course. Dodging freezing rain, hail, wind and lightning, Tseng outlasted the competition in the end. Mother nature caused so much havoc over the weekend that the final day action didn’t begin until 8:30 a.m., with the leaders teeing off around 10:40 a.m. After an over eight hour day on the golf course due to the delays Tseng two putted for par from 40 feet, practically in the dark, to hold off Miyazato and Choi for the win.

“It was a little drama out there,” Tseng said about the strange conditions and timespan of the tournament. “I was feeling like we were going to finish tomorrow [Monday], so we were really lucky to finish today and finish in the dark the last few holes. I couldn’t see much of a distance, so I tried to keep to myself, ‘OK, just finish these few holes, just hit a good shot, good contact, play one shot at a time.’”

Tseng definitely followed her own advice and did play one shot at a time, ultimately outlasting stiff competition from Choi and Miyazato.

“She’s amazing,” said Choi of Tseng. “She plays so well. She never looks nervous or if there’s pressure on her…I don’t know who can stop her right now. She hits it really far. Me and Ai, we tried our best, but she’s pretty far away from us.”

Tseng is well on her way to defending her title as the LGPA leader in victories from the previous year. Based on the comments from other players on the tour, it is clear that Tseng is a proven champion and definitely the girl to beat.

Congratulations to Tseng on another impressive victory and to Choi and Miyazato for rounding out the top three spots of the Founders Cup. Good luck to all on the rest of the tour!


John Ohail


March 28, 2012