Yani Tseng will compete for a fourth consecutive victory this week when she tees off in the HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore. How good is that?
Tiger Woods won three consecutive tournaments at the young age of twenty in 1996 to become the first male golfer to accomplish this feat. The most wins in a row in which a player competed is five.
Nancy Lopez did it in 1978 and Annika Sorenstam did it in 2004-2005. The caveat is they were not consecutive. Each player took time off and selected the tournaments they would enter.
Yani Tseng this week has a chance to move along some selected company should she win. A fourth consecutive victory would allow her to join Mickey Wright (did it twice, once in 1962 and again in 1963), Kathy Whitworth (accomplished the feat in 1969), Annika Sorenstam in 2001 and Lorena Ochoa in 2008.
When you look at the company of women with four consecutive victories, Yani Tseng would be a worthy addition to such an acclaimed pedestal. The woman has ice in her veins. She studies the course as if dissecting it with a scalpel and then artfully places the shot right where she intended it to go.
I have seen the likes of Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Annika Sorenstam and Yani Tseng plays in a zone that like the others I mentioned were able to do when they were winning consistently. She is flat out scary that someone so small can execute shot after shot and keep distance as well as she does with the likes of Michelle Wie when they were paired last week.
Will Tseng win this week? I do not know. I know one thing she will be in the mix. .