Lydia Ko's ninth fired caddie speaks out, telling the star to 'wake up'
We have a good old-fashioned spat on our hands between a caddie and a player
We have already discussed how Lydia Ko is about to be on her 10th (!) caddie before turning 20 years old after she fired former looper Gary Matthews following a second place showing at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii last week. The strange part that Matthews later revealed is that she actually fired him the week before but asked him to stay on for another week (a lucrative one for him, I might add).
"I wish her the best, but she's gone through so many caddies, she needs to wake up on caddie-player relationships," Matthews told Golf World. "Otherwise she'll just keep doing it. In all honesty, there is no communication in the whole camp. You never know anything or are told anything."
Ko's agent later told Golf World that this was Ko's decision despite rumbling that her parents (and others) are too involved in her business.
I suppose it's hard to not think that when you've cycled through nine caddies in just a few years. This whole thing is a bit of a bummer to me. Ko is outrageously talented and has maintained a Tiger Woods-like trajectory throughout her teenage years. She has a legitimate chance to become the greatest golfer (male or female) of all time.
But it does feel like she's flailing a bit. Equipment changes, caddie changes and coaching changes will lead to that line of thinking. Maybe we'll look back on the last year and say, "That's the best thing she ever did," but I'm fearful the opposite might be true. The good news? She's still 19 and has a long runway in front of her to hammer things out.
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