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U.S. Sports Academy awards Tseng No. 1

Yani Tseng
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SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 16: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits from a bunker during the final round of the Barclays Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club on November 16, 2008 in Singapore. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)  - 

Though Yani Tseng was denied the AP Female Athlete of the Year award, the Taiwanese sensation did secure a similar honor from the United States Sports Academy on Tuesday.

Tseng received the most fan votes on their website among a dozen nominees for the honor. Fan voting was held on the USSA website from Dec. 1-19.

The world No. 1 won a dozen times around the world in 2011, including a pair of major championships. At age 22, she became the youngest player – male or female – in golf history to win five major titles.

Japanese figure skater Miki Ando finished second behind Tseng. She also bested the likes of skier Lindsey Vonn, as well as tennis players Kim Clijsters and Li Na.

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic won the honor for Male Athlete of the Year, ahead of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.  

In the 27th year of handing out the honors, USSA had never awarded either honor to someone from Taiwan.

The award was conducted in conjunction with USA Today and NBC Sports.