Tseng makes GC 'Morning Drive' debut

Yani Tseng plays a shot during the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Yani Tseng took over 1,000 days off from Twitter, but decided to rejoin the conversation on Jan. 24 for her 24th birthday. Nine days into her return, she asked @gcmorningdrive why she had never been invited to the studio.

On March 7, the World No. 1 and Orlando resident made the drive across town to Golf Channel HQ for a chat. She was fun, energetic and eager to talk about her journey. (Even if she did have to invite herself!)

“I can totally understand how he feels,” Tseng said when asked if she could relate to the struggles of fellow World No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

After the live interview, before having her makeup removed, Tseng talked more on the phone about the pressures of being on top.

“Everyone wants to be No. 1,” she said, “but no one knows how tough it is.”

Tseng is a sensitive person, and while she didn’t read comments on her Facebook page when she was riding high, she couldn’t help but read them during the low points. The words of a handful of fans broke her heart. It was one of many tough lessons last year.

Few things in golf are as pure as Yani Tseng’s smile. It was gone for much of 2012, and that was difficult to watch.

She has come to a point mentally, however, where she’s OK with losing her top ranking, because she knows she can get it back. Tseng went on to say that it has always been her dream to retire as World No. 1 (like good friend Lorena Ochoa).

“Though If I keep doing this, it will be hard to retire on top,” she said, chuckling. She can laugh about it now.

Ask Tseng for the best advice she has been given during her so-called slump and she’ll say “Be appreciative.”

A close friend asked if she had ever thanked her golf clubs.

“I started to cry because I’d never thanked my clubs,” Tseng said. “It know it’s weird and funny. But when I looked at it from a different angle … I thank everybody now.”

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