Yani Tseng is having a bad week.
After officially losing her Rolex No. 1 spot in Monday’s release of the new women’s world rankings, Tseng overslept and missed her Kia Classic pro-am tee time Wednesday morning. By LPGA rules, she won’t be allowed to play this week. She was withdrawn from the tournament.
Tseng was the Kia Classic’s defending champion. It’s the last tournament she has won anywhere.
“I’m embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t feeling well last night and accidentally overslept and missed my tee time for the pro-am this morning,” Tseng said in a statement released by the LPGA. “I was extremely excited to compete this week to defend my title at the Kia Classic and to try to regain the No. 1 spot. This was an unfortunate mistake, and I want to apologize to Kia, my sponsors and all of the fans. The Kia Classic is one of my favorite tournaments and I have so many great memories in San Diego. I can’t wait to come back here next year.”
Tseng’s pro-am tee time was scheduled for 9:10 a.m. at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif., new home to the Kia Classic. By LPGA rules, Tseng had until the first player on her pro-am team teed off at the second hole to show up. Tour rules mandate that a player failing to show up be withdrawn from the event.