Yani Tseng strapped on her Rolex watch after a strong start that catapulted her to the top of the leaderboard Thursday at the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
Tseng is the Rolex world No. 1 in the women’s rankings, but she has some work to do to try to win her third consecutive Rolex Player of the Year award and the watch that goes with it despite a tour-leading three victories this year. She trails Stacy Lewis in the POY standings.
With her fast start at Vancouver Golf Club, Tseng has her eye on winning her first event since the Kia Classic five months ago and vaulting back to the top of the points list.
“It kind of gives me motivation that I want another Rolex watch, too,” Tseng said when asked about the watch in her post-round media session.
Lewis is No. 1 on the Rolex POY points list in a bid to become the first American to win the honor since Beth Daniel won it in 1994. Lewis has 141 points. Tseng is second with 120 points. There are 30 points available to this week’s winner. Lewis opened Thursday with an even-par 72 and sits tied for 31st. The top 10 earn points.
Tseng’s 65 was her lowest round on tour since she opened the RR Donnelley Founders Cup with the same score in March. She went on to win that event.
“Confidence is big,” Tseng said. “It’s very important for me.”