Wednesday, April 19

The Caddie Blues of Lydia Ko

LPGA PHENOM LYDIA KO HAS GONE through nine caddies in her career. Ko is 19. (She will be 20 in less than a week.) Look, I'm just an "armchair golfer" who writes about the game. I don't know what it's like between the ropes or to be an elite golfer.

But nine caddies at 19? There's something wrong here, right?

Ko's latest caddie, Gary Matthews, was canned after nine events. Ko finished runner-up to Cristie Kerr at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii this past weekend, but that didn't help her bag man.

"What was so strange for me," Matthews told Tim Rosaforte, "we worked unbelievably well in Hawaii, the communication and everything was just phenomenal."

Added Matthews: "I wish her the best, but she's gone through so many caddies, she needs to wake up on caddie-player relationships. Otherwise she’ll just keep doing it."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's none of my business but I'd love to know the whole story. Is Lydia calling the shots or acquiescing to someone else's decisions. She's a fantastic talent but still so young.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Some suggest it's her parents that are micromanaging her career and life.

John Christensen said...

Great line about temp work, Neil.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Thanks, John.