December 12, 2011
There is no doubt that guys like Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy had incredible seasons. One won twice as a rookie, the other multiple money titles and the last had an incredible major victory that took the golf world by storm. But it is no doubt who the best player in golf was this year. Yes, it was that young lady to your right.
Yani Tseng won her 12th worldwide event this weekend in Taiwan, rounding her year up a nice little package since her first win, all the way back on January 16, was also in Taiwan. She did so by being the only player at the Swinging Skirts event to finish under par, reminiscent of what Tiger Woods did at Pebble Beach back in 2000 when he was able to claim 12 events if you combine both official and unofficial tournaments.
Just how good was Tseng in 2011? Of her 12 wins, seven were by four shots or more, and four were by seven shots or more, including the ten shot victory at the LPGA Championship. She claimed two majors, five other LPGA official events, and oh by the way, is only 22-years-old.
It's important that we as golf fans don't overlook this year by Tseng. Sure, the LPGA isn't exactly tossed in our face on television and in the media like the PGA Tour (we apologize for that), but it is just as tough to win out on their tour as it is with the men. The competition is stiff, the youth movement is in full effect, and veterans like Cristie Kerr and Juli Inkster are still trying hard to add to their career.
Tseng's win this weekend was just another example of just how great she really is. The 2011 season was all about her, but with the way she's playing, it could even get better in 2012. Stay tuned.