World No. 1 Yani Tseng Looking for This Year’s Eighth Title

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Top-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan will try to capture her eighth title of the year at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship that will kick off this Friday.

The 22-year-old Taiwanese golf player became the youngest golfer to seize five major titles by winning the top event in women’s pro golf, the Women’s British Open. Yani heads the LPGA money list and is most likely to capture this year’s LPGA Player of the Year award, just like last year.

Since Tseng joined the LPGA tour in 2008, she has seized nine titles on the tour and four of them this year. Now she wants to defend her title at the tournament with a purse amounting to $2 million.

However, the struggle will not be easy as she will lock horns with 47 out of the leading 50 female golfers. Her opponents will include second-ranked Norwegian Suzann Pettersen, third-ranked American Cristie Kerr and fourth- and fifth-ranked and Jiyai Shin and Na Yeon Choi of South Korea.

18-year-old Danielle Kang of the United States who has two US Women’s Amateur titles under her belt will also make her debut in the tournament.

American flags will be installed on all eighteen greens on September 11 to pay a tribute to victims of the terrorist attacks launched in 2001.

The Arkansas Championship is the last event before the LPGA players’ trip from the US to Asia and Mexico prior to the LPGA Season-Ending Titleholders tournament in Florida.