Tseng hires veteran caddie, struggles in Evian Masters opener

Tseng hires veteran caddie, struggles in Evian Masters opener

Yani Tseng found a veteran caddie to take her bag at the Evian Masters, but was still unable to find her game in France on Thursday.

Tseng shot 4-over 76 to open the Evian Masters, which will become the LPGA's fifth major in 2013, to trail the lead of the morning wave by 11 shots.

Three times a winner this season, Tseng has not broken par since the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic on June 2.

The struggling world No. 1 hired Basil van Rooyen as her new looper after letting long-time caddie Jason Hamilton go earlier this month. Van Rooyen has for a number of PGA Tour players, including Mark McNulty, Mark James and David Frost.

Tseng hired a caddie with roots in the PGA Tour so as to avoid conflict with her fellow players. This is van Rooyen's first LPGA bag.

Hamilton may one day become Tseng's caddie again, but the Taiwan-born star hopes to sort out her issues first.

“I still think he can help me, but I think it's more my problem, because every time I hit bad, I kind of blame him," Tseng said Wednesday. "I don't like that, so I told him that we need a little break and we’ll see how it's going in the future."

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