Yani Tseng: It's lonely at the top

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Yani Tseng says that being the No. 1 player in the world might not be as glamorous as everyone thinks.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, March 04, 2013 | 8:45 a.m.


South Korean Na Yeon Choi and American Stacy Lewis, who captured the HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday, are quickly closing in on Taiwan's Yani Tseng for the No. 1 spot in the women's world ranking.
Tseng, a 15-time LPGA winner, including five major championships, fell into a slump in the middle of the 2012 season and has had a problem crawling back out of it.
The fact is, said Tseng, being No. 1 isn't all that easy.
"It's tough and it's very lonely," she told the Associated Press. "No one knows how do you feel. Everybody wants to be in your shoes, but no one knows how tough is that.
"The first year, when I was world No. 1, I feel good. But every month, everybody keeps building the expectations on me and that's lots of pressure."
In two starts this season, Tseng has tied for third and 28th (she was also the runner up in the Ladies European Tour's ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open). 
To put her "slump" in perspective, Tseng has four, top-5 finishes in her last eight starts. Still, it qualifies as a slump when you take a look at her otherworldly 2011 season in which Tseng finished in the top 5 13 times in 22 starts, including seven wins. 
"World No. 1, I know it's good and people like it, but I want to care about myself more," she said. "If I lose (it), I'll get back one day, too."
Tseng is the youngest player ever -- male or female -- to achieve the No. 1 ranking.
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