Yani Tseng was the No. 1 ranked woman’s player in the world for over 109 weeks. The constant pressure and demands on her time and psyche saw her fall to No. 39 on the Rolex Rankings over the past two years.
Her last win came at the 2012 Kia Classic and she finished that year with $1.4 million in total earnings and dropped to No. 4 on the LPGA Tour money list.
She fell to No. 38 on the tour money list last season with only four top-10 finishes and $405,000 in earnings.
From 2008 through the 2011 Women’s British Open, Tseng became the youngest golfer ever, man or woman, to win five major championships.
After ascending to the pinnacle of the women’s game, she seemed to lose interest in maintaining her lofty status and the game became burdensome.
She has 16 career wins on the LPGA Tour including 62 top-10 finishes and has earned over $9 million.
Tseng may be showing signs of regaining her focus and desire to play at a high level.
Last week she won the Taifong Ladies Open in her native Taiwan for the third time in the last five years. She closed with a two-under par 70 in the final round to capture her first title in over 22 months.
Perhaps the accomplishments of Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis, has given her motivation to get back to the top of the ladies game.