The Loop

Tseng's offseason priority: Improving her English

February 12, 2009

LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens ignited a controversy last summer with her proposal that foreign players pass an oral English proficiency examination or risk a suspension, an idea that has since been scrapped.

Yet the No. 2-ranked player in the world, Yani Tseng of Taiwan, still set out to improve her English, making it her No. 1 offseason priority, according to this story in the Electric New Paper, a Singapore Press website.

"I didn't speak very good English and I needed to make some of my sentences better," she said. "I hope I can speak to the media more and tell them how I think. That was my coaches' idea. Sometimes I was worrying about the press conferences or interviews, because I don't speak a lot of English."

Her coaches are Dave Stockton and his son Ron.

-- John Strege