Tseng aiming to complete career Slam
World No 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan will try to complete a women's golf career Grand Slam this week by capturing the US Women's Open, which starts on Thursday at Blackwolf Run.
The 23-year-old LPGA star could literally do one better than golf legend Tiger Woods, who did not complete a career Slam until age 24. Tseng owns five major titles, the most recent won at age 22 at the 2011 Women's British Open.
"It's hard to not think about, because everybody is talking about it," said Tseng. "But like I say, I'm not worried about what is my result this week, because (I'm) just going to have fun."
Australian star Karrie Webb is the youngest woman to complete the career Grand Slam, having done so at age 26 by capturing the 2001 LPGA Championship.
Tseng admits to feeling nervous and under pressure as she prepares for the 6 944-yard par-72 layout, in part because the first tournament she ever saw was the US Women's Open when she was 13 and saw Juli Inkster win in 2002.
"Every year when I come to the US Open I always feel more nerves and more pressure," Tseng said. "When I was 13 my dream was playing the US Open. Now I'm trying to think to win the US Open. It's a very big step for me to think this way.
"I've been learning many years. It's getting better. I feel really good. I feel like I'm going to have lots of fun."
Tseng's best US Women's Open finish was a share of 10th in 2010 at Oakmont.
Tseng won three times in her first eight events of the year, never finishing out of the top 10. But she has finished 59th and missed the cut in her past two events and admits to still having bouts of uncertainty on the tee.
"Sometimes when I start on tee I still worry about if my ball is going to hit right or left," she said. "But I feel good this week."
Inkster, among Tseng's rivals this week, expects the Asian star to be among the contenders this week as well.
"She's a great player," Inkster said. "Her bad game is still probably 90 percent better than most of the girls out here. So she's going to be just fine. She's got to just go out there and relax and play her game."
Tseng will try to keep her emotions in check this week as the tension builds.
"I've just got to be very patient and try not to think about it much," Tseng said. "I'm very excited. Being patient is the most important thing to play in a major."