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Newly crowned Women’s British Open champion Yani Tseng dominated the front pages of her native Taiwan on Monday.

Newly crowned Women’s British Open champion Yani Tseng dominated the front pages of her native Taiwan on Monday.

The 22-year-old defeated American Brittany Lang by four strokes at Carnoustie to not only pick up her second consecutive Women’s British Open title, but her fifth major overall. In so doing, she also became the youngest ever golfer, male or female, to achieve five major victories.

Tseng is also only the third player to win consecutive women’s British titles, alongside Sherri Steinhaurer (1998, 1999) and Debbie Massey (1980, 1981), and the Taipei press – as well as the rest of the island of Taiwan – are taking notice of her incredible achievements.

Her victory not only dominated the sports pages of all four Chinese-language dailies on Monday, but the front pages as well, with photographs of her lifting the trophy featured in every paper.

Cable news stations joined in on the act, replaying her moment of victory in Scotland.

TVBS echoed the sentiments of other news channels, saying that Tseng had consolidated her position as the best female golfer in the world, while news station CTI added: “Yani Tseng again shines on the international stage.”

“Ni is great,” wrote the mass circulation Apple Daily, while the United Daily News said that she had rewritten history.

According to Apple Daily, Tseng plans to spend some time in Taiwan to rest and recuperate following her victory.

“I want to get some good sleep, and then eat properly,” She said. “I miss Taiwanese food very much.”

Golf, once a booming sport in Taiwan during the 1980s, had suffered a dip in popularity, government funding and corporate sponsorships by the early 1990s, as it lost ground to other sports like baseball in particular.

But Tseng’s incredible run of performances in recent years have thrust the game back into the spotlight, and her appearance at an LPGA tournament in suburban Taipei in late October is expected to draw a massive turnout.

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