Lydia Ko, 19, is already looking for her 10th caddie after firing another one

Lydia Ko shot a stunning 65-64 on the weekend at the Lotte Championship to slide into second place at that Hawaii event, just three strokes out of a playoff with winner Christie Kerr. Sounds like a great weekend for her caddie, who presumably got a cut of the $139,773 that Ko won, right?

Wrong.

Ko fired caddie Gary Matthews after just nine events. It's hard to keep up with all the caddies that Ko, just 19 until next week, has gone through at this point. She had seven her rookie year, which she has joked about, and her next it seems will be her 10th. She's only 19! 

The strange part about all of this is that what she's doing is actually working. Ko has 14 wins in her young career and has only finished outside the top 11 in a LPGA tournament once this season.

Ko did switch equipment companies and coaches last year as well, so she clearly feels uncomfortable with the status quo despite having possibly the most-decorated run for a teenager in golf history.

"I've been playing solid, but not a lot has come together last few events," said Ko last week after Hawaii. "Even my top 10 finishes I had earlier in the season, I was struggling with the putter.

"It was definitely nice to be able to putt a lot better this week, even though I wasn't hitting the ball as good. Definitely helps when you know you're able to make the par and birdie putts when you have the opportunities."

Those opportunities, bountiful as they may be in the future, will come without Matthews looping for her.

CBS Sports Writer

Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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