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Sunday
Apr162017

Ko Fires Another Caddie, This Time After 2nd Place Finish

Giving Michelle Wie a strong run for player with a penchant for firing luggage handlers, Lydia Ko is splitting with bagman Gary Matthews after just nine events.

More impressively, after Ko had her best start of 2017, finishing second in this weekend's Lotte Championship.

Beth Ann Nichols reports for Golfweek.

And I think I speak for us all in wishing the next caddie the best of luck later his month when Ko returns at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

The move by the world No. 1 also comes not long after Ko moved from instructor David Leadbetter to Gary Gilchrist, and from Callaway to PXG.

Meanwhile Cristie Kerr picked up win number 19 in the Lotte.

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I'm available. I'm good with numbers and happy to be compliant or contentious, whatever she wants. Should be a lucrative summer for this high school math teacher. Isn't this how Spieth's guy Michael Greller got his start?
04.16.2017 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
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04.16.2017 | Unregistered Commentercustom essa
Mama Ko a/k/a The Dragon Lady on the LPGA Tour strikes again.
04.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
I did not think Lydia Ko was going to turn into a flash in the pan like Yani Tseng, but it is starting to look like that. I wonder what the story is? Too much too soon? Family pressure too much? Not having fun anymore (if ever?). Tough to be a kid thrust into that spotlight. I wish her luck.
04.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMJR
MJR

She is never going to be like Yani because her swing is never going haywire.It's hard to play with the driver yips.

She will be just fine - but it's hard to stay in her employ obviously. Mum's anyway.
04.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
Other than playing a bit of army golf late last season and early this year, Lydia has certainly struck it well enough to win were it not for the putter. And I don't mean bad putting. She's been rolling it all over the hole but they won't fall. At least to my eyes, it was visibly wearing on her. On a golf course ripe for the taking, maybe finishing 3-shots back after going 65-64 was interpreted as the caddies fault instead of hers?
04.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Young Ms. Ko seems to be going the way of many who enjoy success quickly: let's change everything at the same time and then wonder how come things aren't going well. Couple that with a helicopter mom and this is what you get. I actually think she'll come through this just fine, but one has to wonder what effect not having a semblence of a normal life has on kids like this. At least Michelle Wie had her years at Stanford. For Ko is golf only apparently.

In other, more important news, Geoff, how about Christie Kerr? What a great win and just typical Christie: gritty, intimidating, growling at the ball to go in. I love her. You could tell this one meant a lot to her. Memo to Mike Whan: can we drop the post-win hula?
04.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
Michelle Wie looks silly on the course. She may have gone to Stanford but she still acts and dresses like a 13 year old.
And putts like s***
04.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Scott
We must be watching different broadcasts, Drew. I think Michelle Wie looks great on the golf course. As far as Lydia Ko and her caddy, maybe she just doesn`t like the guy. Players and caddies spend a lot of time together. I bet it`s tough for a 19 year-old woman finding a middle-aged man that she`s comfortable with.
04.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSchlasser
She's got a ways to go yet...during his long career, Ray Floyd fired THREE caddies the same day that HE WON a tournament!
04.17.2017 | Unregistered Commentersurfmeister
Get a " rabbit" Lydia. Be satisfied.
04.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMary
@Mary coming in hot.

Leadbetter did a podcast recently and seemed to imply that her recent struggles are due to the parents.
-20 is a great score. It takes me more that 4 rounds to make 20 birdies. I too would like to put my application in for the caddie job. I have caddied in 2 LPGA events as a local caddie
04.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Mark:

Sometimes it feels like it takes me half a season to make 20 birdies!
04.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSari
Lydia Ko needs a caddie? Volunteers anyone? I wonder if top caddies will now think twice before taking a chance on her.

Didn't the USGA/LPGA recently outlaw the practice of caddies lining up players to their putts? Did that affect Ko?
04.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSnappin' Hook
Schlasser,
Wie wears three bracelets, physio tape somewhere every round, taped wrist, giant visor, some kind of tank top, sunglasses, flowers or ribbons in her hair, high top basketball shoes that do not look good and if you can get by all of that; she looks like a joke putting and nervously laughs with her caddy after every shot much like a 13-year old would.
Oh, and she gets waxed pretty much every week. A lot like Tiger
04.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Scott

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