Yani Tseng looking to defend her Kraft Nabisco Championship title

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Yani Tseng looking to defend her Kraft Nabisco Championship title

We still have not forgotten Yani Tseng’s classic win at last year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, which she celebrated by jumping into a pond and that too when she does not even know how to swim. We are sure Tseng will have many good memories as she walks down through the Mission Hills again this year in hopes of defending her title.

Since her win at the LPGA Tour’s major event at Mission Hills, Tseng has climbed all the way to the very top of the rankings. The golfer managed this feat after winning four back to back events this season to shoot to the number one spot. Tseng is a flame that refuses to be extinguished and now she is ready to work her magic at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

“I feel really excited to come back, especially walking on the 18th hole. I see my name was on the walk of champions. It was so exciting, brings me a lot of good memories, and then I just came over, and that's the water I jumped in. My caddie threw a coin to wish I could win the tournament this week, too,” Tseng told reporters.

Tseng maybe the “Queen Bee” of golf right now, but that does not mean that winning the title will be a walk in the park for the Taiwanese. She will have to defend her title while going head to head against a very strong field that includes a whopping seven ex-champs.

Perhaps the biggest threat to the golfer will come in the form of Karrie Webb who has won two times at the event and Brittany Lincicome who was the 2009 winner. However, our bets are still on the Taiwanese player as the eventual title winner. Her current winning streak certainly seems to support our argument.

Webb has been having a great season so far and seems to be ready to make a comeback with the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She has already won twice this year; this seems even more remarkable when we take into consideration her mediocre performance over the past four years. She just won once during all that time.

Another golfer looking to make it big in the event is Michelle Wie, who just recently joined the tour after her hiatus due to final exams at Stanford. Wie’s first event of the season the Kia Classic showed the world that perhaps she had gotten a little rusty. Now the golfer is determined to prove that she has still got what it takes to win and the Kraft Nabisco seems to be the perfect opportunity to do so.

Wie certainly has a good track record at Mission Hills and finished T-15 an impressive four times and all that before she even turned 17. Her familiarity with the course will definitely play out to her advantage but only time will tell whether or not she will be able to tap into this advantage.

One thing we know for sure is that she will be thankful for the hot weather in Palm Springs, especially after she quoted the cold as one of the major factors for her lack of focus at the Kia Classic. Wie also revealed to reporters that she was astounded by the progress that Tseng had made in such a short time and that her back to back victories were nothing short of brilliant.

Other players to be joining the field are Sandra Gal who took home the Kia Classic title and Cristie Kerr who has also been having a good year with three T-10 finishes already.

 

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