Tseng agrees with IMG for second time


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Yani Tseng announced Tuesday she is signing with IMG.

Tseng, 24, who worked with IMG her first two years as an LPGA pro, struck out on her own after that contract expired, but she’s back in the fold with a new agreement.

“Professional golf, but women’s golf especially, is a global game, and I have recognized the importance of having representation that reaches all corners of the globe,” Tseng said in a statement.

Tseng, who is battling tonsillitis at this week’s Wegmans LPGA Championship, won’t lose any of her current team in the new partnership. Her long-time adviser, Ernie Huang, who helped negotiate deals, and her manager, Naya Hsu, remain part of the team.

IMG reports it will oversee management and marketing for Tseng with a focus on North America and Europe while working in partnership with Nihao and Tseng Yani International, her management companies in Asia.

“We've been talking about this for a year,' Huang said. 'IMG brings tremendous resources and experience to the table. They can help Yani become a global brand.”

Tseng was 22 when she became the youngest player, male or female, to win five major championships.

“Golf’s young stars are enjoying major success and inspiring future generations to play the game all around the world,” Robbie Henchman, senior vice president of IMG, said in a statement. “In women’s golf, Yani Tseng is one of those important players. Her passion for the game, and the leadership position she has assumed within women’s golf, have been every bit as impressive as her success on the golf course.”