Yani Tseng

Golfer Yani Tseng
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Profession: Golfer


Biography: Yani Tseng is a Taiwanese professional golfer who has been ranked as the number one female golfer in the world for 109 weeks. She has won five major championships and 15 LPGA Tour events.

Tseng began playing golf at the age of six and by the age of 10, she was a member of the Taiwanese national team. She won her first professional tournament in 2005, when she was just 18 years old.

In 2008, Tseng won her first major championship, the LPGA Championship, becoming the youngest player in history to win a major at the age of 21. She followed this up with victories at the Women's British Open and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2010.

Tseng's success on the golf course has made her one of the most popular athletes in Taiwan. She is regularly mobbed by fans and media wherever she goes and her face is plastered on billboards and advertisements across the country.

In 2012, Tseng announced that she was taking a break from golf to focus on her personal life. She has since returned to the sport.

Born: January 23, 1989
Birthplace: Guishan, Republic of China
Age: 34 years old

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aquarius

Historical Events

  • 2008-06-08 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: 19-year old tour rookie Yani Tseng of Taiwan wins a 4th hole playoff over Swede Maria Hjorth
  • 2008-08-03 British Open Women's Golf, Sunningdale GC: Jiyai Shin of South Korea shoots final round 66 (−6) to win her first major championship, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Yani Tseng
  • 2010-04-04 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Yani Tseng of Taiwan wins her 2nd major title by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Suzann Pettersen of Norway
  • 2010-08-01 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: 21 year old Yani Tseng of Taiwan becomes youngest-ever winner of 3 major championships, 1 stroke ahead of Katherine Hull of Australia
  • 2011-04-03 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Stacy Lewis shoots final round 69 to win her first major, 3 strokes ahead of defending champion Yani Tseng
  • 2011-06-26 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Locust Hill CC: Yani Tseng of Taiwan scores her 4th major title win by 10 strokes over Morgan Pressel
  • 2011-07-31 British Open Women's Golf, Carnoustie GL: Yani Tseng of Taiwan becomes first to successfully defend the Open as a major championship, 4 strokes ahead of Brittany Lang

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