LPGA's No. 1 may get shot to play against men

In a file picture taken on October 23, 2011, Yani Tseng of Taiwan celebrates her victory on the 18th green in the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship golf tournament in Yangmei, northern Taoyuan county. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images

In a file picture taken on October 23, 2011, Yani Tseng of Taiwan celebrates her victory on the 18th green in the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship golf tournament in Yangmei, northern Taoyuan county.
SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images

Is Yani Tseng bored of the competition on the LPGA Tour?

It's possible. The world's No. 1 female golfer has thoroughly dominated the tour, winning 11 events this year. That could be why Tseng told the China News Agency last week that she'd like to play against men in a PGA event "If an opportunity presents itself."

Well, apparently that opportunity has presented itself.

The chairman of the Puerto Rico Open told Golfweek that he plans to offer Tseng an exemption into his event.

"Having the No. 1 player here would open our event to a broader audience," Wolf told Golfweek. "It could open up the possibility of a LPGA event here, and ultimately help us raise funds for our charities. It would also create awareness of Puerto Rico globally, which would economically be very positive for the island."

Tseng was in her native Taiwan and could not respond directly to the offer although her adviser, Ernie Huang, told Golfweek that Tseng would likely not compete against men "in the near future."

The Puerto Rico Open is scheduled to be played March 8-11.

Tseng certainly has the credentials to compete against the boys. In fact, after winning the RICOH Women's British Open earlier this year, the 22-year-old became the youngest golfer - male or female - to win five majors (a record previously held by Tiger Woods when he won the PGA Championship in 2000 at age 24).

Would Tseng feel intimidated going up against the guys?

Not likely. In August, she told CBSNews.com: "Sometimes I do feel pressure, but I just turn that pressure into motivation."

World's No. 1 LPGA player thriving on pressure

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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