RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Yani Tseng doesn’t need a new alarm clock.
She good naturedly reported Wednesday that she has plenty of backup alarms after oversleeping and missing a pro-am tee time two weeks ago at the Kia Classic, which ultimately forced her to withdraw from the tournament.
“So many people have given me alarm clocks,” Tseng said on the eve of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. “A few days ago, I set them off like ten times.”
Tseng had a bad week last month, missing that pro-am tee time at the Kia Classic just three days after losing the Rolex world No. 1 to Stacy Lewis. Tseng, though, was in good spirits Wednesday getting ready for one of her favorite major championships. She did not, however, feel good about a report out of Taiwan that she missed the Kia pro-am because she was up late at a nightclub.
“I don't get it,” Tseng said. “I don't go to nightclubs at all. I don't know why they said I go to nightclubs and that's why I missed the tee time. Every player comes to win a tournament. Everybody. No one is preparing to miss a tee time. I want to show up.”
The report added to the motivation building for Tseng.
“I want to show them my best,” Tseng said. “I want to show them I can play golf. Don't give me this crap.”
Tseng can seize back the Rolex No. 1 ranking from Lewis with a victory this week. She can also take it back with solo second-place finish if Lewis finishes fifth or worse, and she can take it back if she finishes solo third and Lewis finishes 30th or worse.
While Tseng acknowledges feeling free of the burden of No. 1, she said she was sad for about two days after no longer seeing herself atop the rankings. She’s No. 2 now.
“I have the confidence to get it back,” Tseng said.
Tseng said she learned a lot dealing with criticism and pressure in her struggles last year.
“I think I’m more mature, my heart is stronger, and I am tougher, too,” Tseng said.
Tseng has a terrific record at the Kraft Nabisco. She won this event in 2010, finished second in ’11 and third last year. She wants to jump into Poppie’s Pond again as a winner again.
“One time is not enough,” Tseng said. “I have to do it again.”
A friend of Tseng’s gave her a diver’s mask and snorkel as encouragement.