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Kia Classic drops Yani Tseng from field

Defending champion cut from tournament after missing pro-am tee time on Wednesday.

March 20, 2013|Staff and Wire reports
  • Yani Tseng, the Kia Classic defending champion, was dropped from the tournament after missing her pro-am tee time Wednesday.
Yani Tseng, the Kia Classic defending champion, was dropped from the tournament… (Christian Petersen / Getty…)

Defending champion and formerly top-ranked Yani Tseng was dropped from the Kia Classic field after missing her 9:10 a.m. pro-am tee time in Carlsbad on Wednesday.

"I'm embarrassed to admit that I wasn't feeling well last night and accidentally overslept and missed my tee time for the pro-am this morning," Tseng said in a statement. "I was extremely excited to compete this week to defend my title at the Kia Classic and to try to regain the No. 1 spot. This was an unfortunate mistake and I want to apologize to Kia, my sponsors and all of the fans."

On Sunday, Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix to end Tseng's 109-week run at No. 1.

Tseng is winless in 23 events since her Kia Classic victory last year. The 15-time LPGA Tour winner tied for 59th last week in Phoenix.

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