RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Yani Tseng didn’t leave in tears this time.
The Rolex World No. 1 won’t be crying over coming up short again at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
“Today I was sad, but it wasn’t like last year, not even close to last year,” Tseng said.
A year ago at Kraft, Tseng took a two-shot lead into the final round and was beaten by Stacy Lewis. This year, Tseng began Sunday tied with Karin Sjodin for the lead, but Tseng came out sluggish. She made bogey at the first hole, one of three bogeys on the front nine. She didn’t make her first birdie until 12th hole. Her short game wasn’t sharp, particularly her chipping.
“To me, that’s what makes Yani No. 1,” said Gary Gilchrist, Tseng’s swing coach. “Her chipping is unbelievable. She just didn’t look comfortable.”
Tseng said expectations she should win didn’t overly burden her.
“It is pressure, but I just try to turn that pressure into motivation,” Tseng said.
Gilchrist and Tseng speak a lot about expectations.
“It comes with the territory,” Gilchrist said. “If you are No. 1 in the world, media is going to expect you to come out and perform in the majors. That’s what No. 1 players do. Being No. 1 is about handling expectations and pressure. She loves that, but she has to work at it.”
Tseng will renew her bid to win her sixth major championship at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in June.