The PGA Tour’s Player of the Year race may be going down to the wire at this week's season-ending event at Disney World, but the LPGA’s is decided with Yani Tseng having locked up the award with four events still to play.
Tseng, 22, becomes the eighth player in LPGA history to win the award in back-to-back years.
With the LPGA in Tseng’s native homeland for the inaugural Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, commissioner Mike Whan announced before Taiwan media Tuesday that Tseng had clinched the honor, which is points-based.
Tseng, who finished second at the Sime Darby Malaysia last week, has won six LPGA events this year. She earns another LPGA Hall of Fame point for the award, giving her 18 of the 27 points required to qualify for enshrinement.
“It feels very special for me to have the award announced in Taiwan,” Tseng said. “I feel like, especially this week, I can be sure to honor all of the fans in Taiwan, and I really appreciate the LPGA Tour for giving me the opportunity. It means a lot to me, especially because I won it two years in a row, and I never even thought last year I would win it. I set out a goal in the beginning of the year to hopefully win it again and I do my best every tournament. It feels really different because last year it came down to the very last tournament but this time it is five weeks earlier and it keeps me really relaxed.”
Annika Sorenstam holds the record for winning the most consecutive Rolex Player of the Year awards, claiming five consecutive (2001-05). Sorenstam’s also won it overall more than any player, having claimed it eight times. Kathy Whitworth won it seven times.