It hasn’t been a good week for Yani Tseng. First, she loses the number one spot to in the world to Stacy Lewis, a spot that she had claimed as her own for over 100 weeks. Now, she has pulled a Jim Furyk and was forced to withdraw from the Kia Classic after missing her tee time for the pro-am portion of the event.
According to LPGA regulations, Tseng was forced to withdraw, rather than being disqualified, for missing the tee time. She did not waste any time issuing a statement, saying:
“I’m embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t feeling well last night and accidentally overslept and missed my tee time for the pro-am this morning. I was extremely excited to compete this week to defend my title at the Kia Classic and to try to regain the No. 1 spot. This was an unfortunate mistake and I want to apologize to Kia, my sponsors and all of the fans. The Kia Classic is one of my favorite tournaments and I have so many great memories in San Diego. I can’t wait to come back here next year.”
What makes this blunder even more egregious is the fact that Tseng is the defending champion at this event. She has been mired in a slump that has left her winless for a span that has lasted 50 weeks and 22 events. If there is ever a time for a fire to be lit back under a professional golfer, a title defense is as good of a time as any.
Unfortunately for Tseng, she will not be given the opportunity to defend her title. Someone in her camp, whether it’s her caddie, manager or coach should really invest in an alarm clock to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.
I find it interesting that Tseng said that she was incredibly excited to participate in this event, but yet she couldn’t manage to drag herself out of bed in enough time to make it to her tee time. We’ve all overslept, but luckily for us, it doesn’t become national news when we hit the snooze buttons a few times and roll in a couple of minutes late for work.