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LPGA Seemingly On Solid Ground Through First Few Tourneys This Season
Published March 19, 2012
MAKING A NAME: In Phoenix, Paola Boivin writes Tseng is “a force of nature who is doing something phenomenal for the LPGA: She is bringing attention to the tour for all the right reasons.” Tseng, the top-ranked player in the world, yesterday won the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. However, Boivin notes the Taiwanese native will “have to work harder for attention in this country.” Boivin: “It's a reality. We like our sports stars homegrown.” Although her popularity has not come to America, Tseng is “a superstar in Taiwan.” When she played an event there last year, she “required the same security detail that Lady Gaga used over there” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/19).
WISHING WELL: GOLF.com's weekly roundtable discussed the LPGA’s wish list this season and SI’s Alan Shipnuck said his list would be “Lexi wins the Grand Slam.” SI Senior Editor Mark Godich: “A Lexi-Yani Tseng rivalry.” SI Senior Writer Damon Hack: “A Lexi-Michelle Wie rivalry.” SI Golf Group Managing Editor Jim Herre: “A 10-win season by Michelle Wie.” GOLF.com’s Deputy Editor David Dusek: “Michelle Wie wins the Grand Slam.” SI Senior Writer Gary Van Sickle: “ESPN says, ‘Hey, we'd like to televise all of your tournaments on the weekend.’" SI Senior Writer Michael Bamberger: “Lexi and Yani duking it out.” SI Golf+ writer Stephanie Wei: “Michelle Wie and Lexi split the majors” (GOLF.com, 3/18).