CARLSBAD, CA - MARCH 25: Yani Tseng of Taiwan hits a tee shot on the 18th hole during the fourth round of the Kia Classic at the La Costa Resort and Spa on March 25, 2012 in Carlsbad, California. Tseng won the tournament. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Professional golfer Yani Tseng was disqualified from the Kia Classic on Wednesday morning after she overslept and missed her tee time.
Tseng, 24, is one of LPGA’s top golfers and is the youngest professional golfer to win five major tournaments.
She issued a statement following the incident that read:
“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. 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. The Kia Classic is one of my favorite tournaments and I have so many great memories in San Diego. I can’t wait to come back here next year.”
Tseng won last year’s Kia Classic at the Carlsbad La Costa Resort and Spa, taking home the $255,000 prize.