Yani Tseng saluted her “team” for helping her find the relaxed state of mind she needed to win the Honda LPGA Thailand on Sunday.
She confessed to them at season’s start she was feeling pressure to follow up a 12-win season a year ago. Her manager, Naya Hsu, told her they could all see how the pressure was affecting her mood.
Her team includes Hsu, coach Gary Gilchrist, adviser Ernie Huang and caddie Jason Hamilton.
“I kind of drive my team crazy,” Tseng said. “Sometimes, I wasn’t happy, and I wasn’t quite nice to them. They keep telling me, ‘You need to relax yourself,’ and we kind of had a team meeting to keep me relaxed and not feeling like I had pressure. So I think my team did a great job and helped a lot through this week. It was just great. I feel really good about that.”
Before the year started, Gilchrist sensed the tension Tseng was feeling. He reminded her nobody is at their best every time she tees it up, and he told her: “It’s this way. `Yani, you’re a human being. You’re not a machine. Whatever happens, learn from it.’”