Yani Tseng, the woman who enjoyed a 109-week stint as the top ranked female golfer in the world is on the verge of breaking a 36 event winless streak that dates back to March 2012 and the Kia Classic. She has gotten progressively better as the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola has progressed. Tseng has gone 67 – 68 – 63 to move to 18 under par grab at three shot lead over Suzann Pettersen and Pornanong Phatlum.
“It’s been a long time. It’s great to be back in this position again,” she said. “I was really happy out there. … I just love every part of golf out there and really enjoyed every shot.” The 24-year-old Tseng got off to a quick start with six birdies in her first eight holes before picking up her first bogey of the day on nine. For good measure, she added five more birdies and another bogey on the back to reach her third round score of 63.
While it’s difficult for professional athletes to reach the pinnacle of their sport, it has to be exponentially harder to get back to that position after you were there and were ousted. After her reign of domination, Tseng fell from first all the way to 15th in the world. She has missed the cut in four of her last five events which makes this outing that much more impressive.
I always enjoy seeing athletes fight their way back to the top after having tumbled off of the mountain top. There’s something about a redemption story that is appealing. There are still 18 holes left to play, but regardless of where she finishes this week, it looks like Tseng is back on the right track.