Every golfer has their secret “lucky charm” and for record-breaking Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng (曾雅妮), it could be the color pink.
She credits her choice of a pink polo shirt and white shorts on the final round of the Women’s British Open on Sunday for giving her the extra boost of good fortune she needed to win.
Tseng won the Open by four strokes over American Brittany Lang in Carnoustie, Scotland, with a 16-under-par 272, giving her a fifth major title at the age of 22.
She broke the age record set by American golfer Tiger Woods, who was 24 when he won his fifth major. It was also her seventh victory of the year, all by three shots or more, and strengthened her hold on the No. 1 ranking in women’s golf.
The Taoyuan native returned to Taiwan early yesterday. She told journalists waiting for her at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport that she had to decide between wearing a pair of black pants or white shorts on Sunday.
After a few minutes of going back and forth, she decided to wear the white shorts in spite of the cooler temperature in Scotland, which has been hovering below 20°C.
She went with the shorts over the long pants because on the day she lost the Kraft Nabisco Championship by three strokes to American Stacy Lewis in April she was wearing black pants.
“I couldn’t wear black. So I wore white shorts and a pink top. It’s my lucky color for winning the tournament,” she said.
The 22-year-old has been wearing lots of pink this year, and she says it has brought her good luck. Some of her fans have caught on, and have also donned pink when they watch her compete to show their support.
Tseng also said she was considering having her hair permed while she is home. She is expected to fly to the US on Aug. 12 for training.