Major No. 5 in sight for world No. 1 Tseng


Look who’s in the final pairing of another major.

Yani Tseng isn’t just winning a lot of majors at 22, she’s contending in nearly all of them as the most dominant male or female player in the game today.

This marks the fourth time in the last five majors that Tseng will be in the final pairing. The only time she lost in this run of final pairings? When she kissed the Dinah Shore Trophy on the first tee before the final round at the Kraft Nabisco in April, before Stacy Lewis chased her down.

Tseng is going for the fifth major championship title of her career, her third in the last five majors played and fourth in the last eight.

Though Tseng is two shots down at Carnoustie, the bookmaker Bet365 still makes her a 4/6 favorite to win Sunday. Germany’s Caroline Masson, the 54-hole leader, is next at 13/10. No other player has better than 20/1 odds.

Masson, 22, a second-year Ladies European Tour pro whose lone victory came at the LET Qualifying School at the end of ’09, is playing in just her second major championship.

Just six weeks ago, unheralded Cindy LaCrosse teed it up with Tseng in the final pairing of the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

“She outdrove me by about 60 yards on the third hole,” LaCrosse said after Tseng won in a runaway. “I was like, ‘Oh man, this is going to be a long day.’ That was kind of embarrassing.”

Like LaCrosse, Masson isn’t a long hitter. Given another day of good weather at Carnoustie, Masson will be at a significant disadvantage. Masson is 113th in driving distance on the Ladies European Tour, averaging 245 yards per drive. Tseng is the second longest hitter on the LPGA’s tour, averaging nearly 270 yards per drive.