Having recently won 2 Majors in quick succession, and 5 Majors in total at the tender age of 22, it is hardly a surprise that Yani Tseng is taking control of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.
However, what other movements have there been, and how have the South African ladies faired this year?
THE TOP 10
Yan Tseng has moved from 5th at the end of 2010, with 9.89 ranking points up to a clear first place with 15.43 points, a lead of more than 3 points.
Suzanne Pettersen, who has also had a great year, has increased her ranking points from 10.27 at the beginning of the year to 12.27, yet this has only been good enough to climb from 3rd in the rankings to 2nd such has been the domination of Tseng.
Jiyai Shin, World #1 at the beginning of the year has dropped to 4th, with the previous No.2 Cristie Kerr having swapped positions with Pettersen.
The first 8 places are a reshuffle, mainly in a downward direction thanks to Tseng climbing from 5th to Number 1.
Song-Hee Kim and Michelle Wie, in 9th and 10th places respectively at the end of 2010 have been replaced by Paula Creamer in 9th with Brittany Lincicome now rounding out the Top Ten.
South African Women
The South African golfers have not faired that well, with the trend being downwards. The only exception has been Ashleigh Simon who has improved her ranking from 166th pace to 110 in the World, and her points from 0.84 to 1.41
If Ash, as she is affectionately known, continues her good form she could break into the Top 100 before the year is over.
The South African Rookie, Connie Chen, has risen to 457th after 8 events, on 0.11 points.
The top ranked South African is still Lee-Anne Pace by some way, now down to 62nd place with 2.16 ranking points.
This season has been a rather stop-start affair for many, with often long gaps between events.
The pace will pick up somewhat now, as there are three consecutive events scheduled for early September (beginning with the UNIQA from 2nd September), followed by another 4 from 29 September until the end of October.
In the middle of this there is the Solheim Cup which pits USA against Europe.
Yani Tseng is, without doubt, the most dominant golfer of either gender at present, and it is not inconceivable that she could increase her lead and dominate the Women’s Rankings for some time, much as Tiger Woods once did with the Men’s Rankings.
Whether this is a good or a bad thing, you decide. What cannot be disputed is that she is an enourmous talent, with the temperament to match and the ability to play aggressively on demand.