It looks like Jason Day is taking a page from the Rory McIlroy playbook. Golf Channel’s George Savaricas reports the Australian is dropping longtime caddie Colin Swatton. In Swatton’s place: Luke Reardon, a childhood friend of Day’s.
Reports also indicate this isn’t a short-term/end-of-the-season switch because Swatton wanted to get started on the offseason early. Instead, Reardon is expected to caddie for his mate for the foreseeable future.
The Day-Swatton relationship extends well beyond player-caddie and has been well documented. Swatton has been on Day’s bag since he joined the Tour. He’s often referred to as a father figure for the Australian, and he’s Day’s swing coach as well.
After Day’s 2015 PGA Championship win, Golf Digest’s Stephen Hennessy wrote:
“Swatton has been there since Day was a teenager. When Day’s father died of cancer, Swatton was there. When Day needed guidance in his life as a mischievous teenager drinking at age 12, Swatton was there. For all the hours that Swatton has spent next to Day as he hit golf balls — thousands, easily, from his days as Day’s instructor at the Hills International Academy in Queensland, Australia.”
Per Ben Everill from PGATour.com, Swatton will continue as Day’s coach.
Day is yet to comment on the switch, but we expect remarks sometime during this week’s BMW Championship. He is winless in a season over which his mother’s cancer battle has hovered. He has four top-10 finishes in 18 starts.