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Published March 21, 2013
COSTLY MISTAKE: Yani Tseng missed her tee time yesterday for a Pro-Am associated with this week's LPGA Kia Classic and was disqualified from the event. Golf Channel’s Peter Jacobsen said, "If you're (Tim) Finchem or Michael Whan or Mike Stevens, who run these three tours, you're looking at it from a long-term view. So if you upset sponsors on Wednesday, then it's going to be difficult for you in year two, three, five, 10 to be able to have a schedule that makes sense.” Jacobsen said of Tseng being forced to withdraw, “There is a responsibility that all of us professionals have to our Pro-Am partners and to the sponsors of the event. While it does seem harsh, I think it’s the right rule.” Golf Channel’s Damon Hack asked, “Are you hurting the tournament even more if a Yani Tseng ... is not there Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday?” Jacobsen: “No, you're not, because the most important day is Wednesday. You have a chance to play with the sponsors, the ones that are underwriting the tournament.” Golf Channel’s Gary Williams said, “Pay day is a result of Wednesday. Sunday happens because of Wednesday" ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 3/21).