Keys to the Kraft Nabisco Championship: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng
Posted: March 31, 2011
Which is more difficult: Winning a major championship or betting against Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng at this week's Kraft Nabsico Championship?
Last year, Yani closed with a 4-under 68 at Mission Hills' Dinah Shore Tournament Course, two-putting the 18th green for a one-shot victory and first Kraft crown. She then plunged into the pond that surrounds the 18th green, a traditional celebration by the winner of the LPGA's first major championship of the season.
Yani went on to win the Ricoh Women's British Open a couple months later, rolling in her Pro V1x golf ball for par from 6 feet on 18 to win by one at Royal Birkdale. It marked her third major title at just 21 years of age and led to her being named the 2010 LPGA Player of the Year.
This year started with much of the same, specifically a five-shot victory at the season-opening Honda LPGA Thailand.
"I feel really excited to come back (to the Kraft). Especially walking on the 18th hole I see my name was on the walk of champions, and it was so exciting, brings me lots of good memories to walk down the 18th hole," Yani said earlier this week. "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."
Yani spoke to Team Titleist recently about the keys to winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which you can watch in the above video.
She also spent some time talking about the course during her pre-tournament press conference:
On course management… "I think the par-5s are very exciting. They're reachable par-5s for us. And then some of the holes are dogleg left and dogleg right and that's more exciting. It's not like driving every hole; you need to hit a 3-wood, hit a rescue off the tee. It's a very (strategic) golf course, and you just need to play smart. And sometimes – I'm an aggressive player but I couldn't be aggressive. If you be aggressive on some of the holes it's not good, so I just need to learn how to play smarter this week."
On the length of the rough… "It's so thick. Even the first cut was thick, too, and I just kind of hit some shots on the first cut of rough. Some of the balls didn't roll so much but some did, so it's very hard to adjust, so I just do my best to see how I can control in the rough. Just hopefully it will stay on the fairway all the time."