Tseng winning all over map

LPGA pro shoots for 5th straight title in Singapore

February 24, 2011

While most of golf's focus this week is on the WGC Match Play, the LPGA's Yani Tseng has a white-hot streak going on the women's side.

A victory at this week's HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore would be No. 1 Tseng's fifth straight to begin 2011 — a run touching four countries and three tours but mostly outside the U.S. spotlight.

The LPGA record for consecutive victories is the five of Nancy Lopez in 1978 and Annika Sorenstam in 2004-05.

"(Tseng) definitely has been playing great," Cristie Kerr said. "Four in a row now, so who knows?"

Tseng won a Ladies Asian Tour event in her Taiwan homeland last month, then became just the second player to sweep the Australian Women's Open and ANZ Ladies Masters. Last week brought a five-shot romp at the LPGA opener in Thailand.

No place for old pros: The Tavistock Cup's revamped format has squeezed out Isleworth vets Mark O'Meara and John Cook. The Champions Tour pros both turned down an invitation to qualify for the club's final roster spot in the March 14-15 event.

"Unfortunately, I'm out," O'Meara said. "I'm 54 years old. Qualifying's out of my repertoire."

With Bahamas club Albany and England's Queenwood turning the Tavistock into a four-team event, rosters have been trimmed to six. Isleworth has five members in the top 100 of the world rankings, leaving one spot for in-house qualifying.

How close is "close"? Asked what Tiger Woods or others mean in saying they're "close" to the desired swing, NBC analyst Johnny Miller painted an unusual picture.

"In golf, 'close' is like the North and South rim of the Grand Canyon," he said. "I've been there — I was pretty much at the top with Jack (Nicklaus) in the mid-'70s. Then just a little tweak and you're all of a sudden on the other rim."

Tap-ins: The U.S. Golf Association has done away with paper entries, converting to an online-only process to enter its 13 championships. Entry periods for the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open begin next week. … The Nationwide Tour opens its season Thursday in Panama, the first of 26 stops in 2011. Among this year's PGA Tour members, 74 percent are Nationwide alumni.

—Jeff Shain

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