AUGUSTA, Ga. – Further proof that the Masters holds a special place in golf: Yani Tseng, winner of last week's Kraft Nabisco Championship, left her Orlando home at 6 a.m. Saturday and drove seven hours to watch the Masters.
It's not often a major champion will go to such great lengths to watch a golf tournament.
"I like to spend time here, and just sit on the grass," Tseng said. "It's so beautiful here. I'm happy to be back."
Tseng came to last year's Masters because her fellow Taiwanese player, Lin Wen-Tang, was in the field. She's supporting her fellow Lake Nona resident this year, including 36-hole co-leader Ian Poulter.
The Kraft was Tseng's second major victory. This one felt different than her first, at the '08 LPGA Championship. Tseng said she spent most of this week resting because she was still tired from her recent win.
"In January, Annika (Sorenstam) came to my house, and told me that after she won her first U.S. Open, she didn't play the next week because she felt like she couldn't do it," Tseng said. "I didn't have that feeling before, but now I really know what she was talking about, because ... (I) was really tired from the big major. It's lots of pressure."
Tseng said that after she won the McDonald's, "I still didn't feel like I won a major, because it was a big shock for me. But this time, I'm not shocked. I'm preparing and working hard for the majors."