NAPLES — Yani Tseng heard the criticism after failing to win since March, but the 11-time winner worldwide in 2011 says she's getting back to her form -- one that still has her No. 1 in the world.
"I'm so excited for every tournament because I just feel like I'm in good position, I have a chance to win a tournament," said Tseng, who has won three times on the LPGA Tour this year, but not since March. "I was struggling three or four months ago, but everything, everything's good. I'm learning so much the last couple of months. I've been learning how to balance my life and how to ... enjoy more and be happy as a person on the tour, so I feel good."
Tseng's fall started with a tie for 10th at the LPGA Lotte Championship, followed by a tie for ninth, then a tie for 12th. Then everything started to cave in. She tied for 59th at the Wegmans, then incredibly missed three cuts in four events, throwing in a tie for 50th at the U.S. Women's Open.
"The last three or four months I was really trying too hard and putting myself (under) too much pressure and I second-guess myself if I can still win a tournament or anything," she said.
Tseng doesn't generally pound balls for hours on the practice tee, but that's what she tried to do after the Wegmans, when the tour had a break. It didn't work.
How bad did it get?
"I play worse than an amateur. That's what I feel," said Tseng, who also changed caddies. The pressures of being No. 1 were part of it, too.
"I feel now I know why Lorena (Ochoa) and Annika (Sorenstam) retired because it's very hard," she said. "It's very easy when you have someone in front of you that you can chase."
Tseng is playing better, and had three top-four finishes before tying for 26th on Sunday.
"I'm still World Number 1, so don't forget about that," she said.
On-site tram: The best way to get around the Eagle is by using this service because there are some long stretches from greens to tees. The complimentary tram has four different stops: Near the 1st Tee, on the Driving Range side of the road; 9th Green/17th Green/18th Tee; 10th Tee/11th Green; 15th Green/16th Tee.
Looking ahead to Rio: Norway's Suzann Pettersen is staying in the present after winning back-to-back in October to vault up the rankings and money list. But Pettersen also is looking ahead to 2016 when golf makes its debut in the Olympics in Brazil.
"Everything I do now ... that's my biggest goal," she said. "Four years will kind of go by very, very quickly, so I'm just really trying to find my game, try to know that what I do that is good, and feel like I need improvement, and it kind of releases a lot of pressure from the regular season."
Pettersen said growing up that the Olympics were the biggest sporting event for Norway.
"It would be nice to maybe complete a career with a gold medal or a medal in the Olympics, or see where I stand after '16," she said. "That's kind of where I see my road right now, and it's quite exciting."
Symetra Tour: The former Futures Tour became the Symetra Tour a year ago, now the title sponsor, a financial services company in Bellevue, Wash., has increased its role.
The Symetra name will be added to the season-ending Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, and that event will go from a three-round to a four-round tournament. The company already had the naming rights of a tour event in Charlotte, N.C.
Symetra also will offer two players from the tour who earn their LPGA Tour cards -- the Symetra Tour Player of the Year and another player of the company's choosing -- $25,000 endorsement deals.
The LPGA Tour awards 10 fully exempt cards to Symetra Tour players.
Golf Channel: All four rounds will be live from 1:30 to 4 p.m. beginning Thursday, with replays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Rich Lerner (play-by-play), Judy Rankin (analyst), Tom Abbott (tower), Jane Crafter (on course) and Jerry Foltz (on course) make up the broadcast team.
Socially acceptable: The Golf Channel also is teaming up with the tour for some social media initiatives. LPGA Tour player Sandra Gal will join the broadcast booth following Thursday's round to interact with fans on Twitter via @LPGA. Fans also can interact with players and the Golf Channel team by using the hashtag #LPGAonGC. Selection questions and comments will be read on the air.
Other LPGA Tour players will appear in the broadcast booth following the first two rounds and interact with fans on Twitter.
LPGA Tour pro Paige Mackenzie will be a guest analyst on Golf Central all week, and the channel will feature a sit-down interview with Rolex Player of the Year Stacy Lewis on Thursday during its tournament coverage.