Wednesday, February 24

Yani Tseng in Thailand: 'Just Grip It and Rip It'

THE LPGA TOUR IS IN CHONBURI, THAILAND, this week for the 10th edition of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Amy Yang is the defending champion, but Yani Tseng, a two-time champion of this event, is "looking for a spark," wrote LPGA Communications.

Yani Tseng (Allison)
The holder of 15 LPGA titles, Tseng is off to a slow start in 2016. She didn't make it to the weekend in the Bahamas and recorded a T60 finish at the Coates Golf Championship. Siam Country Club, where she won back-to-back in 2011 and 2012, could provide the positive jolt her game and year need.

Tseng, obviously, likes the track a lot.

"Just grip it and rip it," she said about the Pattaya Course. "This course is good for the ball strikers but you need a good strategy for the second shots. The greens are really tough."

There will be ample competition. Nine of the top 10 players in the world rankings are in the Honda LPGA Thailand field. Besides Tseng, past champions playing this week include Suzann Pettersen, Ai Miyazato, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Yang.

"This course is good for long hitters," Tseng added, "but you need to play good on the greens and place the shot on these greens. You need to be patient on this golf course."

Golf Channel will cover all four rounds, beginning on Thursday at 1 a.m. Eastern time.

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