Oakley's Yani Tseng LPGA Win


LPGA tour newby and Oakley eyewear athlete Yani Tseng, who joined the Tour earlier this year at age 19, won the McDonald’s LPGA Championship this past weekend wearing White Oakley Flak Jackets with Slate lenses. It was a close battle until the very end- Yani defeated Swedish veteran Maria Hjorth (who got style points by rocking a pair of white Oakley Riddles) on the fourth hole of sudden death.

A 5-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole, coming after Hjorth had missed a 15-footer for birdie, gave Tseng her first LPGA victory as well as her first major championship. Tseng became the second-youngest player in LPGA history to win a major, behind Pressel.

“This is my dream,” said Tseng, the first Taiwanese player to win a professional major golf championship. “I feel it comes very fast. I couldn’t believe it.”

Tseng, who sneaked up on the field with a 7-under-par 65 Saturday, shot a final round of 4-under 68 to finish regulation tied with Hjorth at 12-under 276, one stroke ahead of both Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam.

When asked how she will celebrate, Yani gave a classic response “I hope they give me a big party,” she said. “I don’t know if they will. It’s sad that I can’t drink.”


Megan Pura


June 10, 2008