The next Tiger Woods? It’s Yani Tseng.
Since the LPGA is taking one of unfortunately too many weeks off, I thought it would be a great time to give a moment of appreciation to the greatness that is Yani Tseng. I am willing to bet that if Tseng listens to rap music, her favorite rapper would be Jay-Z, who once said, “I got now, I don’t care who got next!”
Too often, we the fans, journalist, the public in general spends too much time searching for the next great thing. It’s fine to keep one eye on the future as long as we appreciate what we have now. Like Tiger Woods years earlier, those who watch the ladies of the LPGA, are witnessing history in the making.
Right now, regardless of gender, Tseng is the greatest golfer on the planet. The youngest golfer ever to win five major championships by the age of 22. Yes, 22! While the world seems to wait for Rory McIlroy to win multiple majors and ascend to No. 1 in the Official Golf World Rankings, Tseng is sitting at the top of the mountain with seven wins last season and 14 top-10 finishes last year. She also started this year with a bang by winning the Honda Thailand tournament, the second event of the LPGA season.
Yani Tseng has stepped up and established her dominance over the field while learning the English language better. Americans may take the language for granted, but the extent of my foreign language skills is ordering from a menu at Taco Bell. I’m sure Tiger Woods would prefer another swing change than learn a foreign language. It’s that difficult.
LPGA followers wonder who is going to be the next Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. I’ll give a round of applause to the players filled with potential, such as Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda, but these players may have arrived too soon. I believe in 10 or 15 years, we will no longer wonder who the next Yani Tseng will be. Instead, the world will be admitting, there will never be another Yani Tseng.
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