Dog-tired and run off my stubby little pins recently, I meant to stick a word or two up on this yesterday but instead collapsed into a sweaty slumber.
As far back as Asia’s Ironman Yang Chuang-kwang, Taiwan has produced a smattering of world class athletes. But not until Yani Tseng has a true great emerged.
There is no doubt that Tseng is a different breed. At Carnoustie on Sunday she successfully defended her British Open title. At 22 years old, this was her fifth major making her the youngest player to achieve this feat, two years shy of Tiger Woods when he won the PGA in 2000. Of the last eight majors on the LPGA, Tseng has won half of them.
She’s already halfway toward matching the tally of her idol Annika Sorenstram, whose former residence in Orlando she now occupies and she should realistically already be setting her sights on the record of 15 held by Patty Berg.
Hopefully with this increased exposure, the airlines in Taiwan won’t be charging her for excess baggage again anytime soon.