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The next Tiger Woods? It’s Yani Tseng.

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By GameDayDog

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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.

Click here for more discussion in the “Tour Talk” forum.

Click here to read more from GameDayDog on his blog, Straight Talkin’ – No Chaser.

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  1. duke

    Mar 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Yani might be the next Annika, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez etc. But she is not the next Tiger Woods.

  2. Shot&Distance

    Mar 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Phil, you realize that on the LPGA shorts & skirts are the norm, right? Take whatever issue you want with Lacoste, but google Sandra Gal or obviously Gulbis. That’s the more extreme standard for attire and shorts/skirt length.

  3. phil

    Mar 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Seriously, shorts and a Lacoste alligator polo?? Are you a professional golfer or just waiting for your buddies to show up and fill your golf bag with Bud Lights to play a quick 9 ?? I mean, I wear and do that…but you shouldn’t

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

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Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

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