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“It’s kind of the goal that is in the back of your mind,” the American said. “You’re not thinking about it walking down the first hole _ it’s one that you’re thinking about at the end of the week.

“It’s a big goal and so for me I have to put little goals before the big one. I’d like to get there. I think it’s pretty cool to be able to say that you’re No. 1 in the world.”

Tseng says she’s learning to ignore her critics after a rough year.

“Last year, I look at lots of press, I look at lots of news _ it drives me crazy,” she said. “It was like if I finish out of top 10 and people are like: `What’s wrong with Yani?’ But I was finishing 12 or 13, but people were just starting asking me what’s wrong with you?

“It hurts a lot when I see those things on the news and see what those fans are talking about me, saying `Yani is struggling. Yani couldn’t play golf anymore.’ But now I kind of think through already … and that way I can keep growing up.”

Tseng said she listened to advice from her coach about focusing on the positives and not to let minor setbacks on the course lead to bigger stumbles.

“I was thinking about my score, I was thinking about world No. 1 and I was afraid,” of losing the top ranking, she said. “I was over-thinking a lot.”