Barely a week removed from signing with IMG--eh, em--teenage sensation Lydia Ko has fired the only swing coach she'd known and according to her new agent, is in the market for a full-time swing coach.
From an unbylined AP report:
Guy Wilson, who has worked with the 16-year-old Ko for 11 years, issued a statement saying he was "incredibly disappointed" the partnership is over. Ko hasn't publicly commented on the decision.
Michael Yim, her agent at IMG, said Monday that Ko worked with various teachers at the Leadbetter Academy in Florida before going to Taiwan for the Swinging Skirts tournament, an event she won two weeks ago in her second start as a professional. Kim said Ko plans to meet with other teachers before deciding on a full-time coach.
Wilson goes on to make it clear he's not taking this too well.
Meanwhile, contrary to the statement made by her new agent about coach-shopping, Ko is believed to have decided upon David Leadbetter as her new coach.
Golf Channel Digital, master of breaking all the news that's fit to post without a living author's name attached, noted that fellow Golf Channel staffer Damon Hack tweeted of Ko's plan to work with David Leadbetter.
Hack's first Tweet:
Leadbetter on Lydia Ko: "She was with us for 3 days after Naples and liked what we worked on. Simple stuff." (cont)— Damon Hack (@damonhackGC) December 23, 2013
And it seems Leadbetter is already taking credit for Ko's recent win in Taiwan:
Leadbetter on Lydia cont. "Must have worked. Went out and won Swinging Skirts the next week in Taiwan."— Damon Hack (@damonhackGC) December 23, 2013
And GolfWRX's Ben Alberstadt says Ko is signing with Callaway.