In the year of high profile caddie changes in golf, Jason Day surprised everyone announcing that he too was switching caddies.
Jason Day confirmed that longtime caddie Colin Swatton will not be on the bag this week at the BMW Championship.
Swatton will remain Day’s coach, but, for now, the 29-year-old’s friend Luke Reardon will be caddie. At 28th in the rankings, Day is in danger of not making the top 30 in the FedEx rankings who qualify for next week’s Tour Championship.
Nobody was expecting this, not even in a season which has seen Phil Mickelson break-up with Jim “Bones” Mackay and Rory McIlroy firing JP Fitzgerald.
Day broke the news to Swatton, his longtime mentor, coach and caddie, last week. Day said Swatton was shocked and disappointed.
The relationship between the two as player and caddie became strained as Day has struggled this season, notching just four top 10s through the Dell Technologies Championship with no wins, and dropping from first to ninth in the world rankings.
“Everything is great when you win, but when you’re playing poorly, that’s when a true test of a relationship actually happens between a player and a caddie,” Day said.
Swatton had been Day’s caddie and coach since turning pro in 2006. He has been so much more than a caddie and coach for Day. He’s also been a father figure to the 10-time Tour winner, who lost his dad at the age of 12.
“I know there’s a relationship there and me and him have been inseparable since the day I came out. Once again, he’s my coach and always will be. I love him so much. I just want to make sure I did the right thing. Obviously, when you let go of someone sometimes it’s hard, but there’s been a lot going this year, said Day.”
Day and Reardon were roommates in college and grew up playing golf together in Australia.
“I’m excited about the future with regards to I can go out there and take ownership of my golf shots. I have no one to blame other than myself,” Day said.