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SHORT GAME
ALAN SHIPNUCK
October 17, 2011
THE REAL NO. 1
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October 17, 2011

Short Game

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THE REAL NO. 1

In the last few years the LPGA tour has been rocked by a shrunken schedule and the retirement of leading ladies Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa, but, suddenly, there is reason for optimism. The tour is enjoying tremendous buzz from a thrilling Solheim Cup and 16-year-old Lexi Thompson's victory in Alabama. Last week in South Korea, Yani Tseng, of Lake Nona, Fla., by way of Taiwan, cemented her standing as golf's most dominant player with a sixth victory this season, including a pair of majors. While the PGA Tour tries to maintain fan interest in this transitional time, Tseng is on a historic pace, the only player, male or female, to win five majors by age 22. A people person who enjoys the spotlight, Tseng should define the LPGA for the next decade. That is, unless Thompson has something to say about it.

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