Monday, June 27, 2011
Yani Tseng Is The Next Tiger Woods
We're always searching for that next-something. We want the next Tiger Woods or the next Michael Jordan or even the next Peyton Manning. The problem is, it's easy for us to forget about the other gender when making these comparisons.
But Yani Tseng is it. She's the golfer that is taking over as the next dominant figure in the sport. Her win on Sunday at the LPGA Championship, by 10 shots, is exactly what the golf, and the LPGA, needs.
The problem is, most golf fans won't care. They'll say they can't relate to Tseng, a 22-year-old from Taiwan, even though she carries incredible game and an even better smile and the ability to dominate a sport that is usually dominated by someone. We've had Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa and Ai Miyazato, but none did in the majors what Tseng has been able to do.
Yani has played in 15 career majors and won four of them, putting together a better percentage in the four big events (26.7 percent) than Tiger did in his first 17 majors (8.5 winning percentage). And the thing is, she's done it in all fashions. Her first major, the '08 LPGA Championship, Tseng had to do it in a playoff. Her next two were one shot victories, and then came the blitzing of the field last weekend.
We can love Rory McIlroy all we want, and hope the best from Ryo Ishikawa, but if we're looking for a Tiger replacement, I think teh girl in the picture above is going to do just fine.