LPGA Tour: Yani Tseng Is Ready for Kraft Nabisco Championship

Fred AltvaterContributor IIMarch 26, 2012

Yani Tseng won the Kia Classic by six shots
Yani Tseng won the Kia Classic by six shotsHarry How/Getty Images

While most of the golf world was watching Tiger Woods win at Bay Hill, Yani Tseng won the LPGA Kia Classic by six shots at the La Costa Resort & Spa in southern California.  It was Tseng’s 15th career win and third win in five starts in 2012.

Tseng won seven times, including two majors, and had 14 top-tens in 22 events in 2011 on the LPGA Tour.  She also led the LPGA in 7-13 performance categories last year.  

At age 23, Tseng already has five major titles and is just four regular tour wins or two majors away from meeting the requirement for entry into the LPGA Hall of Fame.  No one else is even close to her right now. 

She has finished first or been in the top ten in 19 of her last 27 tournaments.  She is collecting wins and top-tens at a 70 percent clip.  Not even Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus or Annika Sorenstam dreamed of dominating in the manner that Tseng has accomplished over the past two years.

The Kraft Nabisco Championship is the first LPGA major of year.  Tseng will be eying her sixth major title, her fifth in the last nine majors.

Her five major wins, thus far, in her short career makes her the first player, man or woman, to win five majors before the age of 23.

Tseng was the runner-up in the 2011 Kraft Nabisco to Stacy Lewis.  It was one of the few titles that escaped her grasp last year. 

The high level at which Tseng is currently performing makes it hard to imagine someone being able to best her this week.

Look for her to pick up her sixth major title and get one step closer to the LPGA Hall of Fame.