LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2011 with the LPGA Tour’s 11 top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year’s most memorable milestones. Read the final installment featuring Yani Tseng’s most spectacular season as the No. 1 story of the year.
2011 Was “Yani’s Year” On LPGA Tour
Yani Tseng opened the LPGA Tour’s 2011 season with a win at the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament and finished the year as Rolex Rankings No. 1 woman in the world.
The player from Taiwan recorded a year of milestones, including seven wins on the LPGA Tour, 12 wins worldwide, nearly $3 million in season earnings, 14 top-10 finishes, 54 rounds under par (in 77 rounds) with 41 rounds in the 60s.
Tseng led the LPGA in birdies with 358, rounds under par (70 percent), rounds in the 60s (53 percent), top-10 finishes (63 percent), scoring average (69.66), and driving average (269.2 yards). She finished second in greens hit in regulation (GIR) at 74 percent and fifth in putts per GIR with an average of 1.77 putts.
The fourth-year LPGA Tour member also won two of four major championships this season with wins at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the RICOH Women’s British Open. In addition, she finished as runner-up at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
With her win at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, Tseng became the youngest LPGA player to win four majors at 22 years, 4 months and 18 days. When she won the Women’s British, she became the youngest player in the history of the game – male or female – to win five majors. She was 22 years, 6 months and 8 days for that victory.
Tseng also was named as Rolex Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and was the LPGA’s 2011 Vare Trophy Award winner for the tour’s lowest scoring average (69.66).
While she was heralded like a rock star when she returned home to Taiwan to win the LPGA’s Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship in October, and again with her win in early December at a Taiwanese invitational called the “Swinging Skirts,” Tseng has emerged in 2011 as the most powerful woman player in the world and as the hands-down player to beat in 2012.
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