All of us at Adams Golf congratulate Yani Tseng on winning her second-consecutive Rolex Player of the Year Award. Yani becomes the 8th player in LPGA Tour history to win back-to-back Rolex Player of the Year awards and the 11th player in history to win multiple Player of the Year awards.
Through the 2011 LPGA season, she has seven wins – including major championship victories at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the RICOH Women’s British Open – and more than $2.9 million in earnings. She also won her first-ever Vare Trophy for low scoring average by nearly a full stroke, the LPGA Official Money List and the following statistical categories: rounds under par, rounds in the 60s, birdies, driving distance average and top-10 finishes. Yani also has 4 other international victories for a total of 11 professional wins in 2011. Plenty of reasons for her to be the top-ranked golfer in the world.
“It feels very special for me to have the award announced in Taiwan,” Yani said upon receiving the award in her native Taiwan on Tuesday. “I feel like, especially this week, I can be sure to honor all of the fans in Taiwan and I really appreciate the LPGA Tour for giving me the opportunity. It means a lot to me especially because I won it two years in a row and I never even thought last year I would win it. I set out a goal in the beginning of the year to hopefully win it again and I do my best every tournament. It feels really different because last year it came down to the very last tournament but this time it is five weeks earlier and it keeps me really relaxed.”
Tseng’s 11 worldwide wins this season include:
Taifong Ladies Open (LAGT/Taiwan LPGA): Taifong Golf Club, Chang Hua, Taiwan – 77-73-68=218 (+2); won by 3 strokes over Nam Min-Ji
ISPS Handa Women’s Australia Open (LET): Commonwealth Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia – 70-67-68-71=276 (-16); won by 7 strokes over Eun-Hee Ji, Melissa Reid and Jiyai Shin
ANZ RACV Ladies Masters (LET): RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, Australia – 67-66-63-68=264 (-24); won by 4 stokes over Nikki Campbell and Stacy Lewis
Honda LPGA Thailand (LPGA): Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand – 66-71-70-66=273 (-15); won by 5 strokes over Michelle Wie
LPGA State Farm Classic (LPGA): Panther Creek Country Club, Springfield, IL – 67-66-66-68=267 (-21); won by 3 strokes over Cristie Kerr
Wegmans LPGA Championship (LPGA): Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, NY – 66-70-67-66=269 (-19); won by 10 strokes over Morgan Pressel; Of note: Tseng became the youngest golfer in LPGA history to reach four major championships at the age of 22
Ricoh Women’s British Open (LPGA): Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland – 71-66-66-69=272 (-16); won by 4 strokes over Brittany Lang; Of note: Tseng became the youngest golfer – male or female – to win five major championships at the age of 22
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (LPGA): Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, AR – 66-67-68=201 (-12); won in a playoff over Amy Yang
LPGA Hana Bank Championship (LPGA): Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course, Incheon, South Korea – 65-70-67=202 (-14); won by 1 stroke over Na Yeon Choi; Of note: Tseng clinched her second consecutive Rolex Player of the Year award with this win becoming the youngest player in LPGA history to win back-to-back Player of the Year honors.
Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship (LPGA): Sunrise Golf and Country Club, Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan – 68-71-67-66=272 (-16); won by five strokes over Amy Yang and Azahara Munoz
Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open (LET): Suzhou International Golf Club, Suzhou, China – 68-66-66=200 (-16); won by 7 strokes over Pernilla Lindberg