ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Yani Tseng is searching for the elusive magic that once made her so formidable.
A day after missing the cut at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, her fourth consecutive missed cut, Tseng was on the driving range at St. Andrews working with Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott of Vision54. Gary Gilchrist is her long-time swing coach, but he is uncertain of their future together.
“I don’t know, they may be just taking a break,” said Ernie Huang, Tseng’s adviser. “She is searching, talking to a lot of people.”
Gilchrist said he and Tseng had a long talk over a breakfast at the Ricoh Women’s British Open this week.
“I told her if she needs space, I will give her as much space as she needs,” Gilchrist said. “She needs time to think things through. She needs to think things through on her own and work things through on her own.”
When Tseng won the Kia Classic in March of last year, it was her 15th worldwide title in less than 15 months. It’s also her last victory anywhere. During her dominant run, Tseng rolled up a huge lead as the Rolex world No. 1, holding the top spot for 109 consecutive weeks before Stacy Lewis took it from her in March of this year. Tseng has been in a free fall ever since.
Two weeks ago, Tseng slipped out of the top 10 in the world, dropping to No. 12. It marked the first time she wasn’t among the top 10 in the world in more than five years. She dropped two more spots to No. 14 last week.