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Old 06-27-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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PGA Tour Confidential: Yani Tseng dominates LPGA Championship








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Every week of the 2011 PGA Tour season, the editorial staff of the SI Golf Group will conduct an e-mail roundtable. Check in on Mondays for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors and join the conversation in the comments section below.
TSENG'S RUNAWAY VICTORY
Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: Another major championship week, another runaway victory for a 22-year-old star. Rory McIlroy appears on his way to greatness, but Yani Tseng became the youngest modern player (male or female) to win four major championships. (Young Tom Morris, born in April of 1851, won his fourth Open Championship in 1872.) With her 10-shot victory, she served notice that she just might rewrite the LPGA record books. How many majors do you see Yani winning, and what do you like most about her game?
Jim Herre, managing editor, SI Golf Group: Tseng appears as if she's fearless, bullet-proof. You have to admire that degree of confidence.
Rick Lipsey, writer-reporter, Sports Illustrated: McIlroy may or may not achieve greatness, but Tseng already has, even if she never hits another shot. What's NOT to like about her game? And she seems to be a fun person, too.
Damon Hack, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I love that she hits it a mile, smiles on every tee box and lives in Annika Sorenstam's old digs. That trophy room is filling up quick. Four majors by age 22? I'll say she gets to 15.
Stephanie Wei, contributor, SI Golf+: She's only 22 and has four under her belt, so who knows — 20-25 majors? The power she generates through her swing is amazing. She's got a great personality, too. If only more people knew that she does speak English, and quite well.
Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I like everything about Yani's game. As good as her ballstriking and putting are, what is most impressive is her ability to raise her game for the most important tournaments. That's a gift few have. Her idol, Annika, won 10 majors. Tseng, if she stays healthy and motivated, might double that.
Farrell Evans, writer-reporter, Sports Illustrated: Yani wins 10 more majors by the time she turns 30. The LPGA isn't that deep, and it's not going to get any deeper with so few tournaments.
Jim Gorant, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: Earlier today our friend Brandel Chamblee was talking about her grip, how she holds the club like no one else on the LPGA, and that gives her a huge advantage in terms of length and distance control.
Godich: Yani is the clear-cut No. 1, but which woman is in the best position to challenge her?
Lipsey: Nobody. It's a race for No. 2, exactly like it was with Tiger at his peak.
Herre: Suzann Pettersen has a game as big as Yani's and may be an even tougher competitor. Cristie Kerr was also no fluke when she reached No. 1, and I've always thought she had the best putting stroke on the LPGA tour.
Gorant: It has to be someone who can keep up with Tseng off the tee. You would think, all things considered, that it would be Pettersen, but for some reason she rarely seems to be able to put it all together. After that, we're on graduation watch: Michelle Wie's from Stanford and Lexi Thompson's from high school.
Hack: I feel better about Pettersen after her win at the match play this year. She has the length and athleticism to keep pace with Yani. Jiyai Shin has proven she has the goods. Kerr and Paula Creamer have had great moments, too, but Yani stands alone.
Gorant: Shin and Creamer and to a lesser extent Kerr are just giving up too much in distance to consistently compete with Yani. They may have a week here and there, but they have to be so much better in every other phase of the game to keep up.
Evans: Cristie Kerr is the best of the lot, in terms of experience and ability.
Shipnuck: I love Jiyai Shin, but she has so much less firepower than Tseng. Ditto Miyazato. Creamer has a brittle body and appears to be easily distracted by the trappings of fame. Kerr has the putting stroke but always gets in her own way mentally. Pettersen can't close. Lincicome has tons of talent but not the drive to be great. Wie could be a legitimate threat, but she's too smart and well-rounded for a golfer; I don’t think hitting balls will ever be enough for her. In short, there are no challengers for Yani.
Godich: I'm getting almost as tired of the Michelle Wie college fallback as I am of Tiger's ongoing swing overhaul. Shouldn't we expect more from Wie?
Wei: Having played in college, not even in the big leagues, I can say from personal experience that it's pretty difficult to focus on golf and school. I think she tweeted during the Kraft that she was taking a midterm in between rounds? Grinding through a tournament is hard enough without adding the stress of school and taking tests on the road. You almost have to choose one or the other. She's done a decent job.
Lipsey: Wie almost won majors as a teenager, so she set an Everest-high bar that she'll be measured against for the rest of her career.
Gorant: It's hard to expect a lot right now. Once she's a full-time golfer, she'll have to back it up with some Ws or fade from the conversation.
Hack: The LPGA schedule is so herky-jerky that all of the players are dealing with layoffs and rust, not just Michelle.
Herre: Could be that Wie's best days as a golfer are behind her. Maybe she simply wants a different kind of life. Pro golf might seem glamorous, but it's a grind and can be very lonely, especially for women.
Tell us what you think: How many majors will Yani Tseng win before she is done?



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Old 06-27-2011, 11:39 AM   #2
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Far too much idle conjecture about the player who finished in a tie for 72nd.

Par for the course with that lot.

The distance between Yani Tseng and every other female golfer on the planet has grown from a gap to a chasm.

Everyone was,until fairly recently,wondering how long it would be until Tiger Woods beat Jack Nicklaus' Major record ; perhaps we should now start speculating as to how long before Yani Tseng overhauls Patty Berg's...

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I am having trouble figuring out which one of the below comments is the biggest load of BS.
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Jim Gorant, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: Earlier today our friend Brandel Chamblee was talking about her grip, how she holds the club like no one else on the LPGA, and that gives her a huge advantage in terms of length and distance control.

Shipnuck: I love Jiyai Shin, but she has so much less firepower than Tseng. Ditto Miyazato. Creamer has a brittle body and appears to be easily distracted by the trappings of fame. Kerr has the putting stroke but always gets in her own way mentally. Pettersen can't close. Lincicome has tons of talent but not the drive to be great. Wie could be a legitimate threat, but she's too smart and well-rounded for a golfer; I don’t think hitting balls will ever be enough for her. In short, there are no challengers for Yani.
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What a bunch of fools, as usual.

They start out picking out the low hanging fruit of the recent winner and extrapolating to outrageous proportions (25 majors for Yani!)

Then within seconds it's off on the Wie train.

They're missing some of the biggest stories in women's golf at the half-way point of the 2011 season:
1. The fading dominance of Korean players, notably Na Yeon Choi and Song Hee Kim, but also IK Kim,Hee Young Park and others. There are only two Koreans in the top 10 only the money list and they are barely hanging on.
2. And, what does this say about Asian dominance in women's golf? Are Asian players pushed too hard? Do they push themselves too hard? Can they not sustain the pace to continuing excelling past age 25? What does say about Yani's future?
3. The resurgence of American and European players? What does this say about a future global tour? How will this hamper or help grow the sport?

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Old 06-27-2011, 03:17 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by gxer View Post
I am having trouble figuring out which one of the below comments is the biggest load of BS.
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Wie could be a legitimate threat, but she's too smart and well-rounded for a golfer; I don’t think hitting balls will ever be enough for her. In short, there are no challengers for Yani.
Did Shipnuck take a hit of acid before the round table by making that statement?

From MW's interviews she doesn't seem like the brightest star in the sky.
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Originally Posted by Mr3putt View Post
Did Shipnuck take a hit of acid before the round table by making that statement?

From MW's interviews she doesn't seem like the brightest star in the sky.
Not only was his comment flawed,with no attempt at any logical explanation and,to be fairly blunt,complete and utter bollocks,it was insulting to every other player on the tour.

He should have stuck to the 'wait until she finishes school' mantra.

Stay on the same page,lads,stay on the same page...

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Interesting to hear sportscasters who claim to watch "a lot of golf, including the LPGA" sound so uninformed about the LPGA...don't know if Se Ri Pak is still playing? Can't name the next Major? Are they aware that Karrie Webb has won twice already this year? Weetabix? Whoa...when was the last time they watched the WBO? Anyway, I guess I should be glad they even talked about the LPGA on PTI...unless it's Wiesy...actually, even if it's Wiesy...that's a very rare occurrence...

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Unbelievable. The worst part is that they start out by saying, "you and I watch a lot of golf, including the LPGA." Really, Tony? Really? And you aren't even sure whether Webb and Pak are still playing and Wilbon can't name the next major....

Anthony Wiener was a better liar than they are.

Of course, they're going to talk about Wie. They always are going to talk about Wie. Just like my next door neighbor who claims to be a big golf fan and and last week asked me when he heard I was going to the USWO, asked if Michelle Wie would be there... "you know the girl who beats the men all the time."

Right now, for informed coverage of women's golf on TV, you can't beat the Morning Drive guys, especially on Thursdays when Annika comes in.

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Right now, for informed coverage of women's golf on TV, you can't beat the Morning Drive guys, especially on Thursdays when Annika comes in.
I like the show as well but I DVR it at 4am on the west coast so I can FF through what I don't want to see or hear while eating breakfast but, all in all, it is a very good show.

By the way, I think EK and the girl have a little bit too much going on between them at times but that's their problem.
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The whole thing is bull$h!t and all the comments on here are bullshit too.

JMO, of course....

Anyone who takes PTI seriously on any sports subject, particularly golf...particularly WOMEN'S golf....is stupid.

They all praise Yani, correctly so, for her dominating play. What else are they gonna say?

But....the underlying point is that Yani is not the "face of the LPGA" as THEY WISH IT TO BE.

Read that again, folks. They are aware that Yani looks like a young guy and is not Paula or Natalie "attractive" in the way the media would like the LPGA champions to be....so they aren't really over the top about her win, or about her incredible major record. Yes, they mention it, but ...no so much.

I'm not being cruel to Yani, but she is not an attractive player. Hey....The Babe wasn't either! But, these days, the media wants "babes" rather than players. Seriously.

Yes, on the golfing part of it...they're all over Yani...but on the hype bit...eh. They know that except for big fans such as the ones posting here on this site, not many really care about Yani Tseng. My guess is that viewers turned off the coverage when it was clearly a blow out by some Chinese player.

Would they have done so if it had been a non Asian player? If it had been Paula or Morgan or Wie?
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