In the great tradition of the LPGA, Yani Tseng (left), a 22-year-old from Taiwan, has emerged as the latest to assume the mantle of being the tour's dominant player, filling the void left by Annika Sorenstam, who retired in 2008. Tseng has seven LPGA victories (11 worldwide) this season, and in four years has won five majors, putting her on pace to break Patty Berg's record of 15 by her 30th birthday. If Tseng, who has 12 lifetime LPGA wins, maintains her 2011 pace she would smash the career victories record, held by Kathy Whitworth, when she is 33.
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89th win by 33?
72nd and final win at 37
88th and final win at 45
90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10
20 25 30 35 40 45
WHO IS CONOR RIDGE?
When U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy recently left Chubby Chandler's management group, ISM, he could have gone anywhere. With his plans to play more in the U.S., McIlroy, 22, the third-ranked player in the world, who on Sunday won the Shanghai Masters, could have easily signed with a colossal American outfit. Instead he chose tiny Horizon Sports Management, which was founded (in 2005) and is owned by Conor Ridge (above), a 35-year-old Irishman.
Grew up in Galway, Ireland; a sports nut, but not a golfer
University College Dublin, with degrees in commerce (bachelor's) and marketing (master's)
McIlroy, Ross Fisher, Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell
Colin Morrissey, who often hangs with McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open winner
Establishing Horizon in the U.S., Asia and the United Arab Emirates
(from the Irish Examiner): "Ireland was churning out all these great players, going back to Christy [O'Connor] Sr. through to Pàdraig [Harrington], [Paul] McGinley, [Darren] Clarke and Graeme. I could never believe there wasn't an Irish management company to look after those guys."
MIKE EHRMANN/GETTY IMAGES (TSENG)
MEL LEVINE (BALL)
MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (SORENSTAM)
GEORGE TIEDEMANN (WHITWORTH)
COURTESY OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP LTD. (RIDGE)