x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Yani Tseng's dominance in women's golf should earn her Golfer of the Year

For one so young her achievements are remarkable, Yani Tseng has the chance to challenge the women's major record of 15 set by Patty Berg.

What happened in China at the weekend ought to end all arguments about who is the Golfer of the Year.

But that is not a reference to Rory McIlroy claiming the sport's biggest - many might say most obscene - cheque of US$2 million (Dh7.35m) at the 30-man Shanghai Masters.

For the US Open champion a second victory of the season came just as Yani Tseng, his fellow 22-year-old, captured her 11th in Suzhou little more than an hour's drive away.

That matches the best years of Tiger Woods's career, although Tseng still has some way to go to equal the mark of Byron Nelson in 1945. He won 18 times that season, 11 of them in a row.

But for one so young her achievements are remarkable. When first Annika Sorenstam and then Lorena Ochoa, the Swede's successor as women's world No 1, stepped away from the game the search for the next dominant player began.

There was not long to wait. Having lifted her first major at 19, Tseng added two more last year and two more this season, including a successful defence of the Ricoh Women's British Open.

She is the youngest golfer male or female to have won five majors and, with the announcement this summer that the Evian Masters in France will become a fifth major in 2013, the chance is obviously there for her to challenge the women's major record of 15 held by Patty Berg - and the men's record of 18 set by Jack Nicklaus.