Tseng, Choi carry new caddies at LPGA's Safeway Classic

Tseng, Choi carry new caddies at LPGA’s Safeway Classic


After missing consecutive cuts for the first time in her LPGA career, Yani Tseng has found a third looper this season.

Tseng has parted ways with veteran PGA Tour caddie Basil van Rooyen after just a pair of tournaments - both missed cuts at the Evian Masters and Jamie Farr Toledo Classic - and replaced him with Patrick Turley, another PGA Tour veteran who has worked with Chris DiMarco, among others.

The world No. 1 fired long-time caddie Jason Hamilton in mid-July, despite a trio of wins in the early part of the season.

Hamilton has found a new bag, beginning this week at the LPGA Tour's Safeway Classic. Na Yeon Choi has hired Hamilton after letting Shane Joel go.

“I don't like to change caddies very often, but my old caddie, Shane, has some personal problems,” Choi said Thursday at Pumpkin Ridge, site of the Oregon tournament. “He introduced me to Jason.  They are good friends, and they are both from Australia. I trust Shane. When Shane said he's a good guy, he's a good caddie, so I trust Shane and Jason right now.”

Tseng and Choi have not discussed the caddie situation. The Taiwanese superstar, however, did speak with friend Michelle Wie about her recent struggles. Wie can relate: she has missed the cut in seven of 12 stroke-play starts in 2012.

“I asked her if she has cried, like a few times this year," Tseng said. "She said, `Of course.’"

She replied, “Me, too."


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