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World No. 1 Yani Tseng has parted ways with her caddie, Australian Jason Hamilton, after 16 wins together, Beth Ann Baldry of Golfweek reports. Tseng, who has dominated the LPGA Tour for the last two years and holds a substantial lead over No. 2 Na Yeon Choi in the Rolex World Ranking, has been mired in a slump since finishing out of the top 10 in a tournament for the first time all year at the Shoprite LPGA Classic in early June. She finished T12 there, then managed only a T59 at the Wegman's LPGA Championship, a missed cut at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and a T50 at last week's U.S. Women's Open.
When asked for comment by Golf Digest Woman, Tseng's manager Erine Huang said, "Yani told Jason that she would like to have a break. She is looking for someone, preferably from the PGA Tour or Champion Tour to caddie for next tournament at Evian and see how it goes. She knows there are some great caddies on the LPGA but she doesn't like to recruit someone away from her fellow LPGA players."
"I wasn't surprised at all," Hamilon told Baldry of the firing, "things have been weird for four or five weeks." Hamilton will be moving over to the PGA Tour, where he has already picked up a new employer, Danny Lee from New Zealand.