Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Yani Tseng finished her first round of the LPGA Safeway Classic tournament Friday with a two under par 70 to tie for 28th place with eight other players.
The world number one female golfer took two bogeys and four birdies on the first day of the tournament at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon.
Hoping to put her summer slump behind her this week, Tseng entered the tournament with her third caddie in the last four tourneys, Patrick Turley.
Turley, a former PGA Tour caddie who has worked with Chris Riley and Chris DiMarco, has been hired by Tseng to replace Basil van Rooyen, according to a CBS report.
Tseng parted ways with her longtime caddie, Jason Hamilton, who helped her bag 16 worldwide tournaments in the last two years, after the second day of the U.S. Women's Open, the report said.
Hamilton has since been hired by Tseng's best friend and world No. 4 woman golfer, Na Yeon Choi of South Korea, the report added.
Tseng, who has been in a slump since June, said she believes more is learned from failure than from victory and that if she wins the tournament, it will be an important professional landmark for her.
Amy Hung of Taiwan and Taiwanese-American golfer Candie Kung tied for 10th place with four under pars.
Topping the leaderboard were American golfer Sydnee Michaels and Mika Miyazato of Japan, both tied for the lead with 7 under par 65.
The three-round Safeway Classic tournament has a 40 year history and a total purse of US$1.5 million.
(By Lee Yu-cheng and C.J. Lin)