Tseng is LPGA Player of the year

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Coming as almost no surprise, World No 1 Yani Tseng has been named the LPGA Tour’s player of the year for 2011.

Coming as almost no surprise, World No 1 Yani Tseng has been named the LPGA Tour’s player of the year for 2011.

It’s the second consecutive time that the Taiwanese star has been awarded this accolade, and after a year that included 6 LPGA Tour victories, two of which were majors, it was always going to be a one horse race.

Making the occasion even more special for Tseng, the announcement was made by commissioner Michael Whan ahead of this week’s inaugural Sunrise LPGA Championship in her native Taiwan.

“It feels very special for me,” Tseng said in a statement released by the LPGA. “This week I can be sure to honour all of the fans in Taiwan and I really appreciate the LPGA Tour for giving me the opportunity.”

Tseng has now won five majors in her career to date, no small feat for someone who is still only 22 years old.

She produced 12 top-10 finishes in 19 starts this season, accumulated prize money of over 2.5 million and currently leads the race for the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average on the Tour.

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