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Tseng not going to play PGA Puerto Rico Open: report

AFP, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan, coming off her 11th victory of the year last week in China, will not accept an offer to play in the PGA Puerto Rico Open, Golfweek reported on Wednesday.

Tseng, whose seven LPGA titles this season include two major triumphs, said she would like to test herself against the top men’s players in a US PGA event.

Sidney Wolf, general chairman of the US PGA Puerto Rico Open, told the magazine he was ready to offer the top women’s golfer on the planet a berth in the March event, held opposite a World Golf Championships tournament at Doral.

However, Tseng, the youngest golfer to reach five career major titles at 22, will decline the pitch, according to Ernie Huang, an adviser for Tseng who spoke to Golfweek in a report on its Web site and said Tseng will not play in a PGA event “in the near future.”

“We appreciate that Puerto Rico has responded so soon, but she has more goals to accomplish, such as completing the Grand Slam and qualifying for the Hall of Fame,” Huang said. “To play on the PGA Tour now will be too much distraction for her.”

Swedish former World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam and US star Michelle Wie have played in US PGA events, but neither was able to make the cut.

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