Yani Tseng enters the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Thursday in a far different position and frame of mind than she did last year.
Winless in more than a year, Tseng lost the No. 1 spot in the world to Stacy Lewis three weeks ago in Phoenix, then was booted out of the Kia Classic a few days later when she overslept and missed her pro-am tee time.
''I'm totally fine,'' Tseng said Wednesday, a day before the start of play at Mission Hills. ''It takes a lot of pressure off. I feel like I don't have to play like world No. 1 anymore. I mean, that gave me a lot of pressure. I think sometimes it feels really good that you can say to yourself that your goal is to be world No. 1. So now world No. 1 gives me a lot of motivation.''
Last year, the 24-year-old Taiwanese star won three of the first five tournaments of the season and entered the major championship fresh off consecutive victories in Phoenix and Carlsbad. She hasn't won since, a drought that has hit 23 events, and has dropped to ...