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Plaudits heaped on stars Yani Tseng and Luke Donald

Reuters and Staff Writer, with CNA

World No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan has been named one of Global Golf Post’s first Players of the Year along with Luke Donald of England for her spectacular performance this year.

The digital golf publication honored Tseng and Donald in its Monday issue as its first-ever pair of Players of the Year “based on the distance they created between their respective competitors,” it said

Tseng won 12 titles around the world this year, including seven LPGA championships, and she became the youngest player, male or female, ever to win five career majors after capturing the 2011 RICOH Women’s British Open.

YahooSports columnist Shane Bacon also described Tseng as the best player in golf this year after she won her 12th title at the Swinging Skirts 2011 TLPGA Invitational on Sunday.

“There is no doubt that guys like Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy had incredible seasons ... But it is no doubt who the best player in golf was this year. Yes, it was that young lady to your right,” Bacon wrote in a blog post.

Tseng has also been nominated for the US Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Year, organized in cooperation with USA Today and NBC.

Fans can show their support for Tseng by voting for her on the Web site www.ussa.edu/ballots/athlete-of-the-year.

Meanwhile, Donald was named this year’s USPGA Tour Player of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the first Briton to win the award since it started in 1990.

American Keegan Bradley, who won this year’s PGA Championship in Atlanta, was named the USPGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year.

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