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Wednesday
Sep132017

Wow: Jason Day Drops Longtime Looper For Buddy

George Savaricus reports that Jason Day will have a new bagman this week, dropping longtime supporter and mentor Colin Swatton for "high school roomate" Luke Reardon.

We officially are witnessing a bizarro trend: top players wanting a "mate" or "buddy" or fellow lad guiding them around because the older, wiser caddie was...too old? Not hip? Prone to not engaging in full smooching-up mode 24/7? Or, just merely to blame for the overcompensated, over-pampered boss stinking it up?

In this case, the move is especially perplexing give Swatton's guiding hand, as detailed by Day, in helping the Australian rise to No. 1. The sheer amount of melodrama Swatton has had to endure makes him sainthood worthy.

Anyway, as Kevin Casey points out, it'll probably be a short-lived playoff run for Reardon unless his man shows some of the old form.

 

 

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Wasn't this his father figure back when he was pounding Schnapps in the basement? Sounds like a big move!
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdamup
Don't care for Day. Never have and never will.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon
He looked up to Swatton as a father figure and now dumps him?
Broke the bad karma bank with this one.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
Maybe Swatton told Day that he dresses like an idiot one time too many!
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterC
Or he just felt he needed a change. Who knows, but is every player required to stay with the same caddie forever?
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGriffin
Maybe they have spent way too much time together. Seriously, if he is the father, swing coach, and caddy, don't you think that is an enormous amount of time with the same person? I'm impressed it has lasted this long...
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
This is what the wealthy do.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
+1 C. I don't care if they're paying him $10M/yr - he looks like an idiot in size S shirts. He's not even that fit.
Is there a greater waste of money right now than the millions given to this guy by Nike and Taylor Made? Changing caddies to a young buddy won't help mask that Day's just too prone to drama to be worth what they're paying him. I'm sure he's a good hearted fellow, but blaming a caddie who has been such a huge part of his rise makes it hard to like him.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOB
I always thought it was strange to have someone who is your "father figure" as a caddy. The caddy is supposed to work for the player. If the player wants the caddy to act differently, improve what is he doing for the player or whatever, how does the player communicate that to the caddy when he is the "father". It is very common in the LPGA for the "daddy caddy" relationship to be used. And I can see how for a young kid, having your dad on the bag would provide stability, guidance, and comfort. But long term, it seems you have to move past that. Even Michelle Wie's parents realized that they needed to step back from that.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Does Joe Lacava have an agent?
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
No matter, Rors & Days have become also-rans.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Let Day's fall down the world ranks continue
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrBunsenHoneydew
Maybe he should hire a professional caddie like Bob Tway's brother or Davis Love's brother or Dustin Johnson's brother. I mean it's not like there is some set in stone criteria for what makes a caddie.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGriffin
"Even Michelle Wie's parents realized that they needed to step back from that."

From caddying or hovering at every tournament?
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKPK
I said it on here a year ago... Day's a drama king head case. I don't generally mind slow play on the PGA Tour as this is their job and every swing should be well thought out. But in my opinion Day abuses this to the detriment of his playing partners and those of us trying to enjoy the tournament on TV. I want to reach through the TV and smack him every time he closes his eyes for those last couple of seconds before he approaches the ball.

I don't see this caddy change turning things around for him.

Also can't end this without wishing his Mom well as she continues to battle cancer.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
Is there a more DRAMA filled golfer on tour other than Jason Day? This shouldn't surprise anyone.... tone down the drama jason day.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony
Tiger's chronically available. He knows a lot about golf ... and drama.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSclaff & Foozle
What drama? The guy's changing his caddie as is his prerogative. Was he screaming, ranting and raving, demanding attention when he did so? Whether a good or bad move, to be determined, but jeez, cut the guy some slack for doing what he thinks is best.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
Colin is no spring chicken, perhaps he wants a break from hauling the luggage?
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterhh morant
I said this a year ago, if Tiger wants to win more majors he should caddie for Jason Day
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
@ KPG - that was the point. If you caddy you have (participation in the outcome - a small, debatable amount, no doubt), and can be held to blame if you make mistakes. Wie's dad wanted to be the CEO and evaluate the caddie's performance. That is an easier place to be.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
I have to say Day is in that column of folks the Golf media demands we like him. Meanwhile, he seems totally self absorbed, wears clothes his son should wear and would need to let a glacier play through he is so slow. Feel bad for his Mom, his Dad was a loser drunk, but he and everyone around him seem to be rolling in dough now. Lots of guys got a worse hand dealt in life.

But he needs to buy some larger clothes (preferably shirts with a collar), cut his son's hair, and finish a round in 3-4 hours.

Hiring some buddy ain't on the list, but I'm pretty sure he's not listening to my advice.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMJR
I think it's a logical step. Day has matured and needs a peer on the course; not a father figure. They climbed a mountain together from Day turning pro to his first major.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGolf Fan
MJR,

I like your take on the situation.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHardy Greaves
There are some commenters here with the maturity of middle schoolers. Going on and on about the clothes some golfer wears like a bunch of mean girls. Jeez, who the hell cares what some golfer wears!
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGriffin
A caddy is not that important - said no one ever.

Except for Jack Nicklaus. He could win a major with just about anyone on the bag, since he did his homework, and came prepared for anything.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHardy Greaves
Jeez Louise, I'm no Day fan, but nowhere in Savaricus "reporting", and I use the term generously, is a REASON given for the change. But immediately, Day's "loyalty" to his "father figure" is called into question. C'mon. Maybe Swinton asked out or has a cold or whatever. Maybe we should all wait for something a little more definitive. This reaction is the reason a lot of these guys run from the media. If Day's a jerk, it'll come out soon enough.

As for his clothes, for what Nike's paying him I'd wear a diaper and high heels...
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
When the going gets tough, fire the caddie. That fixes everything, just ask Rory.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDude Lebowski
Another example of a spoiled brat who made a ton of $$ fast. No respect for "what got him there". This generation wants instantaneous results (like super fast wifi), not willing to be patient and earn it, or at least be loyal to those who helped you get there in the first place.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGolfbald
Pops, I'll donate the first dollar here to get you into the diaper and heels- come on Shackers- let's get Pops a catchy outfit....

No reason to diss the guy for caddie change- it could be the caddie ASKING for the move, we don't know- but too much time together sure seems logical.

As to the clothes Griffin, I think everyone ''cares'' because he looks like a fool, and he is too nice a guy, it seems, to be tooling himself. And yes he is too slow, and a GD drama queen. A needy SOB if there ever was one on tour.

Still, he rose up from a dead end road, and we all love our moms, so I'm gonna give him a pass. He'll be in traction with his back on a tray far too soon, since he thinks 123% is the correct swing speed, his previous caddie never telling him he could use an 8 iron instead of a 9. Oh, maybe that's why he is changing looperdudes....

dig
09.14.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
geez back in my day we changed caddies every week...I also much preferred how judge smails dressed compared to that long haired yahoo noonan
09.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJ21
It never ceases to amuse me how players say they will always love the person they sack.
09.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterStephen W
I'm no fan of Day's, and MJR's point about golf media demanding we like him is pretty spot on. But I have to think back to something Peter Kostis said on air one time, when asked about the setup where the teacher is also the caddy. He said he would not like the idea, because you run the real risk of starting to play golf swing out there, rather than just play golf.

What I really wonder though, is whether Day will point out the new caddie before or after he mentions the cough/cold/hangnail that may impact him in the upcoming tournament.
09.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPat(another one)
"As to the clothes Griffin, I think everyone ''cares'' because he looks like a fool, and he is too nice a guy, it seems, to be tooling himself. And yes he is too slow, and a GD drama queen. A needy SOB if there ever was one on tour."

Wow, are you the only one who knows how to dress perfectly? What happened to letting everyone be an individual? Would you prefer to see him in your pleated khaki Dockers size 42 pants with the stretch band for added comfort? And your XXL cotton shirt with the hard collar? Didn't I see you hovering around the practice putting green in San Antonio sporting the Fairway Blues attire, two years ago? And why do I know you just have to wear a visor? Send us a pic of you on the golf course during your last golf round. We want to see what a real golfer is supposed to look like.
09.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLema's Ghost
Michelle Wie, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tiger Woods -- Nike Golf, everybody.
09.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Scott
As I see it, Day and his peers are all entitled to change caddies. But (assuming they previously got along well) there is a significant difference in opinion or strategy or a personal rift, something new, I'm not sure it has that much potential to improve a drop off in performance. To the golfer, though, who sees poor results and needs to feel like he/she is really trying to improve the situation it signifies "doing something."
A review of how it's working for Day, McIlroy, and Mickelson would be interesting.
Not sure what the surprise is here. Player's and caddies spend an extraordinary amount of time together. Frankly, I'm surprised more of them don't go with a buddy, brother, et al.
09.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSchlasser
@Drew Scott... +1
09.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
"He said he would not like the idea, because you run the real risk of starting to play golf swing out there, rather than just play golf. "

Pat, Don't disagree, but it seemed to work out just fine last year.
09.14.2017 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv

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