Yani Tseng during 2012 Womens Pro Am Golf at Royal Melbourne. Photo: Vince Caligiuri
The world’s best female player, the niece of golf’s most famous man and the defending Australian Open champion: these are the latest headliners to confirm they will be teeing off at the Australian Open of women’s golf, to be held at Royal Canberra Golf Club, February 14-17.
World number one Yani Tseng, Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, and defending Australian Open champion Jessica Korda, daughter of former grand slam tennis winner Petr Korda, confirmed on Tuesday they would contest next month’s tournament.
They add to a quality field that also boasts former world number one Karrie Webb and current world number three, Stacy Lewis, who also confirmed on Tuesday.
Jessica Korda won the 2012 Women's Australia Open. Photo: Lucas Dawson
Tseng, 23, is the superstar of women’s golf and is the youngest player, male or female, to win five major championships.
"I'm really excited about returning to Australia,’’ Tseng said.
"I've made a lot of good friends at this championship and in Australia and I'm looking forward to playing for my third Australian Open title."
Cheyenne Woods. Photo: Getty
Woods, 22, turned professional in 2012 and will make her Australian Open debut after claiming her first professional win on the SunCoast Ladies Series in the United States in August.
Lewis, 27, enjoyed her most successful year on Tour winning the Player of the Year award following her four victories. She was the first American player to win the Player of the Year award in more than 15 years.
Korda, 19, returns to defend her Open crown after maiden LPGA Tour victory last February.
Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said he looked forward to welcoming the world’s best to Canberra.
“We are delighted to have Yani, Stacy and Jessica coming back to Australia. Yani and Stacy won seven titles between them in a dominant year on the LPGA Tour and their form bodes well for the start of the new season,” Pitt said.