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Women's number one golfer Yani Tseng talks about her injury

posted 4 Dec 2012, 07:52 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 4 Dec 2012, 07:53 ]

Some of the world's top female golfers including United States' Open champion Choi Na-yeon of South Korea attend an event in Taipei ahead of the annual "Swinging Skirts" tournament, but local star and world number one player Yani Tseng says she will be sitting out due to injury.

 TAIPEITAIWAN (DECEMBER 4, 2012) (REUTERS) - Some of the world's top female golfers were in TaipeiTaiwan on Tuesday (December 4) to promote the annual "Swinging Skirts" charity tournament.

Annika Sorenstam of Sweden, one of the most successful women players in golfing history, joined reigning United States' Open champion Choi Na-yeon of South Korea, local star world number one Yani Tseng and others at a news conference ahead of the tee-off.

Also taking part in the charity tournament are U.S. golfers Paula CreamerNatalie GulbisCristie Kerrand Morgan Pressel.

Long-hitting Taiwanese Tseng, who won 'Swinging Skirts' last year, said an injury meant that she would only be watching this time.

"This shoulder is injured and in fact has already been injured for the second time. Last time in theUnited States when I hit a tree and continued to play for six weeks in a row, I injured myself even more. And my hand has a bit of effusion and is a bit dislocated so when I stretch it out, it feels quite uncomfortable. So now when I raise the club to swing, it pulls my left shoulder, which makes it even more uncomfortable," she said.

Sorenstam said she supported Tseng's decision to sit out.

"Obviously not to play this week is a tough decision, but she's thinking long-term, she wants to make sure she's doing the right thing for her, and I don't think she needs much advice. She's a big girl and she makes some really good decisions so the only thing we really talk about when we chat is 'have fun.' You've got to enjoy where you are in your life and not many people are lucky to be where she is and really all of us up here, we do something we love, so cherish it and enjoy it," she said.

The one-day charity event at the Miramar Golf and Country Club in Linkou, New Taipei City, will tee-off on Thursday (December 6), followed by a 54-hole invitational featuring 95 players from Friday (December 7) to Sunday (December 9), the China News Agency (CNA) quoted organisers as saying.

The 'Swinging Skirts' is a private organisation comprised of bothe male and female amateur players who wear kilts to play in, CNA said.

The tournament, with a 1.01 million U.S. dollar purse, half of which will be donated to charity, has become an official leg for both the Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Tour, CNA added.