Rally! LPGA Star Yani Tseng Emerges Victorious After LPGA Thailand Thriller

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She’s the top ranked women’s golfer in the world. And she’s thriving in the spotlight.

Oakley’s LPGA star, Yani Tseng, displayed her nerves of steel after a thrilling final hole on Sunday at the LPGA Thailand – fending off a possible playoff after fellow Oakley star Ai Miyazato made a final charge with a close approach. Her eventual one-stroke victory following a killer 100-yard shot, and a tap-in putt for birdie, dazzled the Thai crowd.

“It was an incredible shot. I think it’s the shot of the week,” Yani said, rocking her Oakley performance eyewear. "Especially, I saw that Ai hit it so close and I knew she was going to make that putt. So, I tell myself, ‘I need to get this close.’ "

And she did, big time.

The Taiwanese prodigy defended her title at the event for her 13th LPGA tour victory with a 6-under 66 to finish at 19-under 269, despite the pressure of being the ‘favorite.’

“After last year, I have world No. 1 and I had 12 wins and that pressure keep going on and on,” she continued. “I kind of drive my team crazy. They were thinking I feel so much pressure. So, sometimes I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t quite nice to them. They keep telling me, ‘Think you have some pressure, you need to relax yourself.’ We kind of have a team meeting to keep me relaxed and not feeling like I had pressure. So I think my team did a great job and helped a lot through this week. It was just great. I feel really good about that.”

Ai, however, was always in the game. Charging into the final round with the lead over Yani, she eventually finished with a solid 67.

“Of course, Yani is No. 1, so I knew it wouldn’t be easy today,” Ai said, sporting her own Oakley Performance Eyewear. “I kind of expected her to play that way.”

Congratulations to Yani – and to Ai for the one-two O finish!

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

February 21, 2012

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