Yani Tseng Marching Toward Historic Greatness After Fifth Major Win At 2011 Ricoh Women’s British Open

Yani Tseng, 2011 Ricoh Women's British Open Champion

A few days ago I wrote that Yani Tseng was not the equal of Se Ri Pak in her prime. I do still lean that way. Yes, Yani is the youngest to win 5 Majors. But what if Annika and Karrie had been in their primes playing the last 3 years? It’s not hard to imagine at least a few of those Majors going to Annika and/or Karrie. That said, after doing something Se Ri never did, successfully defend a Major championship win, Yani is now making a case that she will be the next LPGA player to reach the World Golf Hall of Fame. She joins Se Ri with 5 Major wins. She also has 7 global wins this year, including 4 LPGA wins. In sports, there is often a rush to judgement on players, taking a small sample of success or failure and proclaiming someone one of the greatest ever or a bust. Yani has had a career year so far in 2011, but she needs to do what the greats before her did, sustain that success for 5, 6, 7 years or beyond. That doesn’t mean she has to win 2 Majors every year, as she has now done in 2010 and 2011. It simply means to maintain pace with the all-time greats, it’s a good idea not to have 1 or 2 wins over the next 5 years. If Yani can keep having multiple win years, and especially if she continues to win Majors, she has a chance to be one of the best to ever play, in the rarefied air where Annika, Mickey and the Babe live forever.

Yani-4th round

The only downside to the final round, besides shaky rounds from some of my other favorites, was Caroline Masson’s implosion. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Yani fan. That said, it’s painful to watch a player have a chance to change her life and not only lose, but play her worst round by far of the tournament. After leading at 15-under, Caroline shot a final round 6-over 78, and she needed birdies on the final two holes to get to that score. She was 8-over for the first 16 holes. Those two birdies at the end are a nice way to finish, but it felt like a football team that is getting blown out by 28 points (4 touchdowns and PATs) scoring a couple of touchdowns at the end to make the score seem closer. I don’t want to take anything away from Yani, who finished the last three rounds 66, 66, 69. It’s simply that win or lose, I would have liked for Caroline to have played better.

Yani-3rd round

One last word on the Open. Going into this championship, one of the selling points was that the ladies would be playing Carnoustie, or rather Car-Nasty. This was suppose to be a challenge for the best players in the world. But for some reason, they shortened some holes and the course overall. 44 eagles on the par 5s for the event? Unacceptable for a Major. Honestly, the ladies should be insulted that they shortened the course so much. I hope future Majors (are you listening Evian) respect the best women players in the game and give them a course that is both fair and challenging.

YANI TSENG

with Ricoh chairman and CEO Shiro Kondo

with leading amateur Danielle Kang

with caddie Martin Ridley, manager Naya Hsu and mother Yu Yun Yang (traditionally Chinese women keep their birth surname even after marrying, though in modern times that is changing)

POS START CNTRY PLAYER TO PAR THRU TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL MONEY
1 2 TPE TSENG, Yani -16 F -3 71 66 66 69 272 $392,133
2 T6 USA LANG, Brittany -12 F -5 70 70 69 67 276 $231,065
3 T6 SWE GUSTAFSON, Sophie -11 F -4 68 71 70 68 277 $161,746
4 T14 KOR YANG, Amy -10 F -5 68 70 73 67 278 $126,536
T5 T3 SCT MATTHEW, Catriona -9 F E 70 69 68 72 279 $96,828
T5 1 DEU MASSON, Caroline -9 F +6 68 65 68 78 279 $96,828
T7 T9 SWE NORDQVIST, Anna -8 F -2 70 71 69 70 280 $70,695
T7 T9 KOR YOO, Sun Young -8 F -2 71 70 69 70 280 $70,695
T7 5 KOR CHOI, Na Yeon -8 F E 69 67 72 72 280 $70,695
T7 T3 KOR PARK, Inbee -8 F +1 70 64 73 73 280 $70,695
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T11 T22 USA LEWIS, Stacy -7 F -4 74 68 71 68 281 $52,815
T11 T9 NLD SCHREEFEL, Dewi Claire -7 F -1 70 66 74 71 281 $52,815
13 T28 SWE HJORTH, Maria -6 F -4 72 69 73 68 282 $46,213
T14 T64 USA FUTCHER, Katie -5 F -8 71 74 74 64 283 $35,132
T14 T39 USA KERR, Cristie -5 F -4 72 69 74 68 283 $35,132
T14 T28 TPE KUNG, Candie -5 F -3 72 73 69 69 283 $35,132
T14 T16 KOR AHN, Sun-Ju -5 F -1 71 71 70 71 283 $35,132
T14 T16 KOR KIM, Song-Hee -5 F -1 69 72 71 71 283 $35,132
T14 T9 JPN MIYAZATO, Mika -5 F +1 69 69 72 73 283 $35,132
T14 T6 KOR PAK, Se Ri -5 F +2 72 64 73 74 283 $35,132
21 T22 KOR SHIN, Jiyai -4 F -1 75 66 72 71 284 $28,608
T22 T28 KOR SEO, Hee Kyung -3 F -1 72 71 71 71 285 $24,894
T22 T28 ENG STUPPLES, Karen -3 F -1 74 68 72 71 285 $24,894
T22 T22 ENG JENNINGS, Rachel -3 F E 71 73 69 72 285 $24,894
T22 T22 AUS WEBB, Karrie -3 F E 70 71 72 72 285 $24,894
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T22 T16 USA STANFORD, Angela -3 F +1 68 72 72 73 285 $24,894
T22 T16 JPN UEDA, Momoko -3 F +1 69 71 72 73 285 $24,894
T28 T28 USA WIE, Michelle -2 F E 74 68 72 72 286 $21,319
T28 T16 USA HURST, Vicky -2 F +2 70 71 71 74 286 $21,319
T30 T64 TPE HUNG, Amy -1 F -4 69 72 78 68 287 $18,195
T30 T56 KOR KANG, Haeji -1 F -3 75 70 73 69 287 $18,195
T30 T45 USA ALLEN, Beth -1 F -1 71 70 75 71 287 $18,195
T30 T39 USA JOH, Tiffany -1 F E 71 69 75 72 287 $18,195
T30 T28 USA LINCICOME, Brittany -1 F +1 67 71 76 73 287 $18,195
T30 T28 SWE HEDWALL, Caroline -1 F +1 69 69 76 73 287 $18,195
T30 T16 CHN FENG, Shanshan -1 F +3 70 75 67 75 287 $18,195
T37 T56 GBR REID, Melissa E F -2 75 70 73 70 288 $14,579
T37 T45 KOR JI, Eun-Hee E F E 70 71 75 72 288 $14,579
T37 T39 NOR PETTERSEN, Suzann E F +1 76 66 73 73 288 $14,579
T37 T28 KOR KIM, I.K. E F +2 71 72 71 74 288 $14,579
T37 T28 SWE WESSBERG, Linda E F +2 73 66 75 74 288 $14,579
T37 T28 KOR LEE, Meena E F +2 65 69 80 74 288 $14,579
T43 T56 CAN KANE, Lorie +1 F -1 69 76 73 71 289 $11,278
T43 T56 KOR HAN, Hee-Won +1 F -1 73 71 74 71 289 $11,278
T43 T56 JPN MOGI, Hiromi +1 F -1 72 72 74 71 289 $11,278
T43 T45 USA MCPHERSON, Kristy +1 F +1 71 71 74 73 289 $11,278
T43 T45 KOR PARK, Hee Young +1 F +1 70 70 76 73 289 $11,278
T43 T9 USA CREAMER, Paula +1 F +7 69 70 71 79 289 $11,278
T49 T52 ESP MUNOZ, Azahara +2 F +1 73 71 73 73 290 $8,528
T49 T45 USA *KANG, Danielle +2 F +2 72 69 75 74 290
T49 T45 USA PRESSEL, Morgan +2 F +2 70 71 75 74 290 $8,528
T49 T22 USA LACROSSE, Cindy +2 F +5 72 69 72 77 290 $8,528
T49 T22 USA HURST, Pat +2 F +5 70 69 74 77 290 $8,528
T54 T56 NLD BOELJON, Christel +3 F +1 76 69 73 73 291 $6,217
T54 T52 SCT MOODIE, Janice +3 F +2 75 67 75 74 291 $6,217
T54 T39 KOR CHOI, Chella +3 F +4 74 70 71 76 291 $6,217
T54 T39 DEU GAL, Sandra +3 F +4 71 70 74 76 291 $6,217
T54 T28 USA BLUMENHERST, Amanda +3 F +5 73 71 70 77 291 $6,217
T59 66 JPN SAIKI, Miki +4 F E 72 72 76 72 292 $4,742
T59 T56 SCT WALKER, Kylie +4 F +2 72 72 74 74 292 $4,742
T59 T52 ENG AITCHISON, Holly +4 F +3 71 74 72 75 292 $4,742
T59 T39 PRY GRANADA, Julieta +4 F +5 71 74 70 77 292 $4,742
T59 T14 FRA GIQUEL-BETTAN, Sophie +4 F +9 71 68 72 81 292 $4,742
T64 T56 FRA LAGOUTTE-CLEMENT, Virginie +7 F +5 75 70 73 77 295 $3,962
T64 T52 USA SWEENEY, Jaclyn +7 F +6 74 71 72 78 295 $3,962
66 68 ENG SIMPSON, Georgina +9 F +2 71 73 79 74 297 $3,631
67 67 DEU *POPOV, Sophia +11 F +5 70 75 77 77 299
Players below this line have missed the cut.
CUT USA BOWIE YOUNG, Heather +2 72 74 146
CUT IDN CODD, Rebecca +2 71 75 146
CUT KOR HUR, M.J. +2 73 73 146
CUT WAL MORGAN, Becky +2 73 73 146
CUT KOR PAK, Jin Young +2 73 73 146
CUT SCT *PRETSWELL, Pamela +2 72 74 146
CUT AUS SMITH, Kristie +2 70 76 146
CUT AUS BONDAD, Frances +3 72 75 147
CUT USA BORDNER, Danah +3 76 71 147
CUT WAL BREWERTON, Becky +3 70 77 147
CUT ITA CAVALLERI, Silvia +3 78 69 147
CUT USA DUNN, Moira +3 74 73 147
CUT USA FRANCELLA, Meaghan +3 75 72 147
CUT JPN FUDOH, Yuri +3 73 74 147
CUT USA GULBIS, Natalie +3 71 76 147
CUT USA INKSTER, Juli +3 73 74 147
CUT ENG JOHNSON, Felicity +3 74 73 147
CUT USA JOHNSON, Jennifer +3 77 70 147
CUT DNK JORGENSEN, Malene +3 73 74 147
CUT ENG LARRATT, Kym +3 77 70 147
CUT KOR LEE, Seon Hwa +3 76 71 147
CUT ITA LUNA, Diana +3 75 72 147
CUT JPN MIYAZATO, Ai +3 76 71 147
CUT ESP MOZO, Belen +3 76 71 147
CUT ZAF SIMON, Ashleigh +3 74 73 147
CUT USA HARIGAE, Mina +4 74 74 148
CUT USA KORDA, Jessica +4 76 72 148
CUT FRA NOCERA, Gwladys +4 78 70 148
CUT ZAF PACE, Lee-Anne +4 71 77 148
CUT USA PARK, Jane +4 76 72 148
CUT KOR PARK, Grace +4 76 72 148
CUT THA PHATLUM, Pornanong +4 75 73 148
CUT USA PILLER, Gerina +4 75 73 148
CUT USA SHIN, Jenny +4 75 73 148
CUT AUS SMITH, Sarah Jane +4 77 71 148
CUT USA SONG, Jennifer +4 75 73 148
CUT KOR SONG, Aree +4 73 75 148
CUT ENG *TAYLOR, Lauren +4 74 74 148
CUT USA WARD, Wendy +4 74 74 148
CUT ITA ZORZI, Veronica +4 74 74 148
CUT FRA AFONSO, Caroline +5 77 72 149
CUT FIN BLOMQVIST, Minea +5 75 74 149
CUT AUS KEMP, Sarah +5 76 73 149
CUT USA KIM, Mindy +5 72 77 149
CUT KOR LEE, Jee Young +5 74 75 149
CUT USA RANKIN, Reilley +5 71 78 149
CUT ESP RECARI, Beatriz +5 79 70 149
CUT CAN SHARP, Alena +5 77 72 149
CUT NZL BROOKY, Lynnette +6 75 75 150
CUT ITA CROCE, Stefania +6 75 75 150
CUT ENG DAVIES, Laura +6 73 77 150
CUT ENG *FOSTER, Nikki +6 78 72 150
CUT SVK KAMASOVA, Zuzana +6 79 71 150
CUT USA PRAMMANASUDH, Stacy +6 77 73 150
CUT CAN SHERLOCK, Stephanie +6 77 73 150
CUT KOR KIM, Yoo Kyeong +7 73 78 151
CUT ENG MATHARU, Kiran +7 75 76 151
CUT IRL *MEADOW, Stephanie +7 75 76 151
CUT USA STEINHAUER, Sherri +7 78 73 151
CUT JPN YOKOMINE, Sakura +7 81 70 151
CUT KOR BAE, Kyeong +8 75 77 152
CUT FRA CAUDAL, Anne-Lise +8 76 76 152
CUT USA HAGE, Nicole +8 77 75 152
CUT KOR KIM, Mi Hyun +8 76 76 152
CUT AUS LUNN, Karen +8 81 71 152
CUT USA MACKENZIE, Paige +8 76 76 152
CUT DEU MONKE, Anja +8 76 76 152
CUT AUS WRIGHT, Lindsey +8 77 75 152
CUT ZAF CHEN, Connie +9 75 78 153
CUT FRA KLATTEN, Joanna +9 74 79 153
CUT ITA SANDOLO, Sophie +9 78 75 153
CUT USA KIM, Christina +10 79 75 154
CUT ENG PARKER, Florentyna +10 79 75 154
CUT AUS KEATING, Stacey +13 79 78 157
CUT SWE KOCH, Carin +13 76 81 157
CUT ITA ROSSI, Anna +16 82 78 160
WD KOR KANG, Jimin E 74 70 72 216

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