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Yani meets baseball icon at Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

Yani meets baseball icon at Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship
Pettersen’s march for defending title starts tomorrow

(October, 23;Taoyuan) Two of Taiwan’s most respected athletes-Yani Tseng and professional baseball’s iconic slugger Chin-Feng Chen, meet today in the tee-off ceremony of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. Chen, who only practiced once in a driving range, had no problem smashing the ball into the air after a little tips from Yani. Yani also said she admired Chen because “he hit so many home runs for Chinese Taipei.”

In an unprecedented collaboration between Taiwan’s professional golf and baseball, organizers invited Chinese Baseball Professional League’s Lamigo Monkeys’ slugger Chin-Feng Chen to the tee-off ceremony today. The photo opp of Yani standing next to Chen, a national hero during his tenure with the Chinese Taipei Baseball Team, is certainly a sight to behold.

Yani was kind to remind Chen to “relax and take it easy while swinging” which Chen took it to heart and converted into a beautiful golf shot, showcasing his great athletic talents. Afterwards, Yani gave Chen’s tee-shot a perfect score of 10. Chen said he “wished Yani can win again for Taiwan this year.”

With the USD 2 million purse, Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship will tee off tomorrow morning at Sunrise G&C. In light of Rolex World number 1 Inbee Park’s absence this week, world number 2 & defending champion Suzann Pettersen will not only have a shot for regaining her title, but a chance to cut into Inbee’s lead in the Rolex World Rankings and the LPGA money list. “

“I have had two decent weeks prior to coming here, so I’m looking forward to another winning tournament here in Asia. Obviously, I know I’m within striking range of possibly getting to No. 1 before the end of the year,” said Pettersen. “It’s nothing. I tell myself every day but I know there’s a chance so all I can do is just go out, play golf and try to win tournaments.”

However, standing in the way of Pettersen’s champion are an elite team of star players, including 2011 champion Yani Tseng, Sime Darby LPGA Malyasia winner Lexi Thompson, KEB Hanabank Championship 2nd runner-up Michelle Wie, world number six Na Yeon Choi, two-time winner this season Beatriz Recari, “Pink Panther” Paula Creamer, and Taiwan’s 15-year-old teen sensation Ssu-Chia Cheng.

First-round action will start tomorrow morning from 8:00 am. Yani Tseng will tee off with Paula Creamer and Korea’s Hee Young Park from the 1st hole at 9:30 am, followed by the group of Pettersen, Japan’s Ai Miyazato and Thompson at 9:40 am. Wie will be paired with Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and Na Yeon Choi at 9:50 am.

YANI Tseng meets baseball icon Chin-Feng Chen at Sunrise

(from left)Yani Tseng meets baseball icon Chin-Feng Chen (right) at the pro-am tee off ceremony of Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship