Day re­places long­time men­tor Swat­ton as cad­die

Manila Times - - GOLF - AFP

CHICAGO: Aus­tralia’s Ja­son Day be­came the lat­est high­pro­file golfer to split with his cad­die, but said his long as­so­ci­a­tion with Col Swat­ton is far from over.

On the eve of the BMW Cham­pi­onship at Con­way Farms Ja­son Day near Chicago, Day said Swat­ton had been a “bit shocked” at the news, af­ter car­ry­ing the 29- year- old Aus­tralian’s bag for all of his ca­reer.

“Un­for­tu­nately it just didn’t work out,” Day said. “I’m try­ing to find my foot­ing here. I had to do it at some point.”

Day’s dom­i­nance from late 2015 through the first half of 2016 saw him cap­ture a first

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ca­reer ma­jor and rise to num­ber one in the world.

But a lack­lus­ter 2017 cam­paign has seen him slide to ninth in the world.

Day said Swat­ton would re­main as his coach, but his friend, Luke Rear­don, will be on the bag this week.

“He’s not out of my world one bit,” Day said of Swat­ton. “I’m hop­ing things move for­ward with us like they al­ways have ... be­cause we both love each other like fam­ily.”

In June, five- time ma­jor win­ner Phil Mick­el­son split with cad­die Jim “Bones” Mackay af­ter 25 years.

And last month for­mer world num­ber one Rory McIl­roy parted with his long­time cad­die J. P. Fitzger­ald.

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