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Tseng doesn’t behave like a PGA Tour player, though. At the season-ending Titleholders last November in Orlando, she invited the media to her home for a party, which she organized herself.

“I just feel I want to give something back,” Tseng said. “The media is working hard to promote the LPGA. And I’m from Asia; I’m not American. Sometimes it’s very tough for you guys. It’s not easy. I just feel like everyone is working hard, and we should have a party to celebrate the end of the year. Just have fun.”

At one point during the party, when the conversation turned to Universal Studios, Tseng went to her room and returned wearing a Harry Potter costume.

The attention she receives at home is entirely different.

Whan was in Taiwan last year for the LPGA Taiwan Championship at Sunrise, a course near where Tseng grew up. The gallery was enormous, filling up space on every hole. The pressure was as intense as it had been all year, even when Tseng won the Women’s British Open at Carnoustie or the LPGA Championship, her two majors.

She wound up winning by five shots.

But it was a pre-tournament party that Whan remembers the most.

“It was spooky. It was Michael Jordan, Game 7 kind of stuff,” he said. “You couldn’t move. They had to stop letting people in. They do this thing where somebody says something, and if they point a glass at you, you drink. Everybody was pointing the glass at Yani. She’s playing tomorrow and I’m thinking, `I need to get her out of here.’

“And she won it going away,” he said. “Most players would have felt an unbelievable burden. She looked like she was going to a wedding. She looked the same as if you’d see her in an airport flying home from the British. There’s not a lot of highs and lows with her. She just smiles her way through everything.”

Tseng’s first LPGA Tour win was a major, the LPGA Championship in 2008 when she was a 19-year-old rookie. She recalls a time when she stressed over every bogey, every missed putt. That’s when she picked up some advice from Sorenstam, her hero.

“The end of my second year, I talked to Annika and she helped me set goals,” Tseng said. “My first question was, `How can I be No. 1?’ Annika said, `You can’t think of No. 1. If you want to be No. 1, you have to win more tournaments. How do you win more tournaments? You have the lowest score? How do you make lowest score? Hit on fairway, hit on green. And that’s how you work.’”

She worked hard enough to become LPGA player of the year the last two seasons, and No. 1 in the world by a mile.

Tseng is playing the first three weeks in Australia, Thailand and Singapore. The LPGA’s domestic schedule does not start until March in Arizona. If there is one tournament on her mind already, it’s the U.S. Women’s Open, the major keeping her from a career Grand Slam.

“I would not say it’s my goal,” she said. But then she smiled and added, “But it’s always what I’m thinking about.”

She surely would find room in the trophy cabinet for that one.