“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, the defending champion, said in a statement the tour released on Wednesday. “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.”
LPGA regulations require a player slated to participate in a pro-am to arrive on the tee by the time the first contestant on her team has teed off on the second hole.
Tseng, whose most recent victory came in last year’s Kia Classic, had her 109-week tenure atop the world golf rankings come to an end on Sunday when Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix. Sure not a great way to start trying to claw her way back to the top.