Yani Tseng, in the midst of a mini-slump, has parted ways with her caddie. Tseng phoned Jason Hamilton on Tuesday, two days after the U.S. Women’s Open, and told him that she needed a break. The pair won 16 times worldwide in two years.
“I wasn’t surprised at all,” Hamilton said. “Things have been weird for four or five weeks.”
Hamilton already has a new gig lined up. The Aussie will return to the PGA Tour to work for New Zealand’s Danny Lee, who won the 2008 U.S. Amateur. It will be Hamilton’s second stint working for Lee.
Tseng, No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, praised Hamilton’s abilities as a caddie but decided she needed change. Hamilton worked the grill when Tseng had a media party at her house in Orlando, Fla., last year during the CME Group Titleholders. His fiancee prepared the sides and dessert. They were close to Tseng and her team but, as Hamilton said, this news comes with the job. There are no guarantees.
Tseng shot 45 on the back nine Sunday at Blackwolf Run, posting a final-round 78 to slide into a tie for 50th place. She hasn’t broken par since June 2, the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, after having won three times early in the year.
Tseng’s next event will be the Evian Masters in France in two weeks. She has yet to decide who will replace Hamilton on the bag.