Sun Jun 26 08:53pm EDT
The search is over. Three years after the LPGA wondered who would fill the gaping hole left by Annika Sorenstam -- who retired from the sport in 2008 -- the women's tour got its answer on Sunday afternoon, and it came in the form of a fresh-faced 22-year-old who is now, without a doubt, the new face of the LPGA Tour.
Yani Tseng may not be a household name to many golf fans, but after her dominating performance that saw her win the LPGA Championship by an astounding 10 shots, we now have a reason to stand up and take notice.
While the men's game will continue to wait and see if Rory McIlroy is the real deal, the LPGA already has enough evidence to hand the crown to Tseng. Her victory on Sunday gave her four major championships by the age of 22, making her the youngest player -- male or female -- to capture as many majors since Young Tom Morris won four at the age of 21.
She's also held the top spot in the Rolex Rankings for the last 19 weeks, and her stranglehold on No. 1 doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon. Simply put, she's doing to the women's game what Tiger Woods did to the PGA Tour during the peak of his career. It's almost gotten to the point where you expect her to win when she tees it up.
Forget being the most dominant player on the LPGA Tour; Tseng is the most dominant player in the game today. Nobody even comes close. At this point, nobody would be shocked if she won the upcoming U.S. Open and captured the British Open -- a major she's already won -- to make it three out of four majors for the year.
With six wins worldwide this season, Tseng's putting a huge gap between herself and the rest of the competition, and with arguably the prime of her career still 3 or 4 years out, talk of her besting Patty Berg's 15 majors and rewriting the tour's record books doesn't seem so crazy.
When you're playing as well as she is at the moment, anything is possible.