Taiwanese golf star Yani Tseng, who became the youngest player in history to win five majors after capturing the women’s British Open on Sunday, received a rapturous reception upon returning home yesterday morning.
The 22-year-old was met at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport by excited relatives, fans and reporters, who had to wait patiently because Tseng’s flight from Paris arrived about 90 minutes behind schedule.
Fans cheered and held banners saying: “Yani Is No. 1.”
Tseng’s 92-year-old grandmother was also in the excited crowd and she gave her granddaughter a bouquet of red roses.
Tseng thanked her fans for their support.
“I know a lot of fans here stayed up late to watch me play. My biggest motivation is really the fans and my family,” she said.
When asked how she felt to have won so many majors sooner than any other golfer in history, Tseng said she wouldn’t dwell on it and would continue to do her best, but that she was grateful for everything and happy to see that all of her hard work was paying off.
Tseng won the British Open by four strokes over Brittany Lang of the US, giving her a fifth major title at the age of 22, two years younger than Tiger Woods when he won his fifth major at 24.
It was also her seventh victory of the year, all by three shots or more, and it strengthened her hold on the world No. 1 ranking.
With no more majors left to play this year, Tseng is now focusing on the first LPGA tournament to be held in Taiwan in October.
She said many golfers were looking forward to the event and she expects 80 percent of the world’s top 10 to participate. She also said that Taiwanese culture has become the talk of the Tour.