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Tuesday
Apr182017

Ko's Caddie Still Worked One More Week Even After He Was Fired

Caddie-player foibles are one thing, but while we'd like to laugh at Lydia Ko trying to keep her caddies-fired pace up with her LPGA win total, the latest details suggest this is not a safe working environment.

Tim Rosaforte reports for Golf World on Gary Matthews' firing, which came before he guided Ko to a second place finish in the Lotte Championship.

"In all honesty, there is no communication in the whole camp. You never know anything or are told anything," said Matthews. "The agent [Michael Yim of IMG] called me on the Monday after Palm Springs and said, 'She needed a change, we’re going with somebody else, but you can caddie in Hawaii.'

"I’m like well, never in 19 years have I been fired, and I’m still working for the person. What was so strange for me, we worked unbelievably well in Hawaii, the communication and everything was just phenomenal."

Until it wasn't. Wow.

John Feinstein and I considered the Ko caddy situation on today's Golf Central:

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Reader Comments (6)

Bizarro. Mom, if it's on you, please take a closer look. This will not end well.
04.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Facade of Lydia being normal and relatable that her handlers have been trying to promote is going down in flames. She's making the Olsen twins look down to Earth. Too many agents, handlers, money, etc. Not going to end well. I'm smelling a Capriotti meltdown. Hope she come out the other end well as per Jennifer.
04.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMJR
The caddy should have taken the trip to Hawaii, waited until they were at the most distant point from the clubhouse during round 1, then said "I quit", dropped the bag and walked back in.
04.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.
There are few other relationships in sport as unique as caddie and player. When it works well it is like a well played symphony-everything in harmony and perfect timing- like a 4 hour waltz. When it doesn't it resembles a pit crew that forgets to tighten the lugs and everyone gets to see the wheels fall off. At some point Lydia will have to make these decisions and own them. Until then the caddie should add a "mom" surcharge for extra handling.
04.19.2017 | Unregistered Commentermunihack
If this was his first time being fired in 19 years he should go down in the Guiness Book of World Records.
04.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave Andrews
It just proves the caddie makes less difference to some players than others.
Munihack - there are lots of pros who just ask their caddie to carry the bag - no relationship whatsoever.
It's impossible for a player to judge a caddie till they've had a few tournaments together and as Feinstein says she can pick and choose.
The idea for her to use a local who really knows the breaks on the greens would probably save a couple of shots a round - good idea. Since hidden breaks on greens are invisible and only known to locals it's always surprised me that this practice doesn't occur more.

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