'I feel like I have the game to win,' says big-hitting US teen golfer Angel Yin

    Story highlights

    • Angel Yin one of longest drivers on tour
    • 2017 was teenager's first full LPGA season
    • Women's game will get "longer and longer"

    (CNN)When Angel Yin first picked up a golf club aged six she'd never even heard of the sport.

    That didn't stop the young American immediately hitting the ball 150 yards and then making a pretty wise decision.
      "I'm going to do this for the rest of my life,' Yin told her mother Michelle Liu, dashing long-held hopes she'd learn the piano.
        Thirteen years on, with a Solheim Cup win under her belt, how the fresh-faced teenager must be thankful.
        "I don't know why my mother listened to a six-year-old but that day she did," Yin told CNN's Living Golf. "I kind of knew ever since I was little that I was going to become a professional golfer."

        Precocious talent

        Yin routinely hits the ball over 300 yards off the tee, sometimes booming drives towards the 350-yard mark, in what has been her first full year on the LPGA Tour.
        Her vast potential and power has been evident from an early age.
        In 2010, Yin won the first of two California State Women's Amateur Championships a month after her 12th birthday -- the same year she was youngest in the field at the US Women's Amateur Championship.
        At the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship, now known as the ANA Inspiration, she ranked second in entire field for driving distance aged 14.
        Yin, who turned 19 in October, has averaged drives just over 272 yards in 2017 -- only Lexi Thompson (273 yards), Joanna Klatten (278 yards) and Maude-Aimee Leblanc (279 yards) boast a higher average.
        It has been a rapid ascent to the game's top tier, but the girl from Monterey Park, California is just getting started.
        "After I decided to turn pro I wasn't nervous, I was just more pumped than anything!" she says.
        "The LPGA is the best of the best in the world. I like competition, it makes you improve. Overall as a person I've grown -- a lot. Learning from these girls, talking to them, traveling with them."
        Captain's pick Angel Yin says taking part in the 2017 Solheim Cup was "like a dream"