LPGA’s Yani Tseng Wouldn’t Mind Playing vs. Men


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Top-ranked LPGA golfer Yani Tseng said that she wouldn’t mind playing against men in an interview to a Chinese news agency. The Taiwanese golfer playing on the US-based LPGA Tour sees this as a way to improve her performance and claims that the results wouldn’t matter.

It’s hard to imagine why Tseng would need to improve her game. The 22-year-old prodigy from Taiwan is the youngest golfer ever to claim five major victories and is currently at the top of the Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Though it seems like a novelty, having women on the PGA Tour is not without a precedent in golf history. Babe Zaharias, Suzy Whaley and Annika Sörenstam have played in PGA events at different times.

However, women are traditionally not very successful on the men’s tour. Zaharias landed three cuts in PGA tournament 66 years ago, and Sörenstam and Whaley never made the cut.

But Tseng shouldn’t lose her enthusiasm. Some experts say that Tseng has far superior technique, and delivers long- and short-distance shots with the same ease and grace.

If this actually happens, Tseng might attract more sponsors and supporters to the LPGA Tour, like Sörenstam did after her Bank of America Colonial experience on the PGA Tour in 2003.