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NEW ZEALAND’S world No. 1 Ly­dia Ko has “hit the panic but­ton” by sack­ing her cad­die in re­sponse to a form slump, high-pro­file bag­man Steve Wil­liams said yes­ter­day. Ko’s Aus­tralian cad­die Jason Hamil­ton con­firmed this week that he had parted ways with the 19-year-old af­ter al­most two years to­gether. “She felt like now was a good time to make a change,” Hamil­ton told golfchan­nel. com. “She said she thought it would be good to get a dif­fer­ent set of eyes out there.” Af­ter rewrit­ing the am­a­teur record books, Ko en­joyed a dream start to her pro­fes­sional ca­reer and claimed 14 LPGA ti­tles, in­clud­ing two ma­jors. But the Korean-born Kiwi’s form has fal­tered lately and she fin­ished 51st in the Korea LPGA Cham­pi­onship that wrapped up on Sun­day. Fel­low New Zealan­der Wil­liams, who has cad­died for Tiger Woods, Greg Nor­man and Adam Scott, said dump­ing Hamil­ton looked like a knee-jerk re­ac­tion. “It’s very sur­pris­ing news, this is the first form slump of any kind she’s had as a pro­fes­sional, and it’s only a slight form dip,” he told Fair­fax New Zealand. “It doesn’t seem like a rea­son to re­lease her cad­die. Maybe they’ve hit the panic but­ton a bit early.”

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