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#1 MattyO1984

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:48 AM

Bunkered (Scottish Golf magazine) is reporting on Twitter that Jason Day won't have long time caddie and coach Colin Swatton on the bag this week at the BMW Championship.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:51 AM

Getting popular to have a friend on the bag rather than a recognised caddy.

http://www.golfchann...riend-bmw-champ

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:56 AM

Does anyone know if this is a one week only thing?  Or is he making a change?

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:57 AM

Well, could be more to the story, prior obligations, etc. but seems odd something like that would come up during the playoff stretch.

If it's even possible, will this make him play even slower as he has to do more of the work getting numbers and assessing conditions for himself?

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:46 AM

his regular caddie is coach, surrogate Dad and one who has been with Day from day 1 of golf..so lot more to do this or nothing at all..

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:02 AM

Will be interesting to see.. I imagine Colin just had to be away for one reason or another, given their history and connection kind of hard to see this being a benign mutual split like we see with other player/caddie pairs all the time.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:37 AM

As noted on other posts given the variety of roles Day's caddy fulfills its incredibly impressive that they have remained intact for so long. Minus this season its been hugely successful as well as being on a continuing upward curve. Gotta wait and see otherwise its pure speculation.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:48 AM

Hopefully this speeds up his pace of play...

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:48 AM

He should call LaCava...he hasn't worked much in the past few years.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:48 AM

No details or explanation yet.  Surprised though.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:52 AM

This could very well screw with my PGA tour beer/washroom breaks.  Either JD takes longer and I might have time to add a snack to my beer and washroom break or he speeds up and I might have to pick between beer and washoom.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:52 AM

The new caddie might put him in a complete hypnosis
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:57 AM

View PostPhilfil, on 13 September 2017 - 09:48 AM, said:

Hopefully this speeds up his pace of play...
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:15 AM

View PostMan_O_War, on 13 September 2017 - 08:46 AM, said:

his regular caddie is coach, surrogate Dad and one who has been with Day from day 1 of golf..so lot more to do this or nothing at all..

Got all the bases covered with that prediction, Man_O. You can't be wrong.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:29 AM

PGATour.com says that he'll stay on as coach, so it looks like an actual break.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:30 AM

It is a strange one and it's made stranger by the fact that there has been no official announcement or explanation.

If it was a planned thing, I would guess that they (Day and his agents) would have gotten out ahead of it and said it was't just a one off for whatever reason. The fact that they haven't confirmed anything in spite of being asked for their comment makes me think that they have been caught slightly on the back foot which is why we are having to wait for an explanation...
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:28 PM

All JD needs are clothes that fit, and to  stop taking naps before each shot. Then maybe he could play like he used to. Don't think his caddie is the problem.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:36 PM

"He's like an estranged father to me" I can imagine him saying. I think I'd rather have a caddy who was more employee and less Siamese twin.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:47 PM

There's a reason not many swing coaches are also caddies. It's very difficult separating the responsibilities, particularly on the course. Having a coach with you on the course can be a crutch, a distraction from focusing on making shots.

I'm sure there are no interpersonal issues here though. Colin probably wanted less time on the road, and understandably, maybe they could have used a little bit of space from each other, seeing as they spend every waking moment together.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:03 PM

That should guarantee some tears at some point this week during any pressers/post round interviews.


Sorta joking aside, good luck to them. He would have more than enough money from being on Day's bag over the years to live comfortably and maybe lugging a tour bag, standing next to that tour bag, taking another club out of that tour bag, moving closer with the tour bag, further away, closer... gets all the more tiring as one enters middle age.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:14 PM

IIRC, Day has said in an interview this year that there would be a time probably in the near future when Swatton wouldn't be able to be his caddy any longer due to age/health and other reasons. Looks like they just got a head start on the process.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:27 PM

View PostDavePelz4, on 13 September 2017 - 09:48 AM, said:

He should call LaCava...he hasn't worked much in the past few years.
But he is getting paid, which is nice.  :)
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:47 PM

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:17 PM

Articles with quotes from Jason day:

https://www.golfdige...n-as-his-caddie

http://www.news.com....00b579ff9934412

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:32 PM

This might actually be a good move. Preserve their relationship and let Day take more control of his golf...with something new/different?
They definitely were spending a lot of time together....probably too much.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:15 PM

Seems changing caddies is the in thing these days.  Time will tell if it was the right move or not for Rory, Phil and now Day.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:28 PM

View PostPowderedToastMan, on 13 September 2017 - 02:47 PM, said:

There's a reason not many swing coaches are also caddies. It's very difficult separating the responsibilities, particularly on the course. Having a coach with you on the course can be a crutch, a distraction from focusing on making shots.

I'm sure there are no interpersonal issues here though. Colin probably wanted less time on the road, and understandably, maybe they could have used a little bit of space from each other, seeing as they spend every waking moment together.
I have read quotes from lots of pros that when they are on course they focus on making shots and do not think about technique or anything technical. Coaches are for the range, not the course.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:23 PM

I think it will likely be very difficult to preserve anything close to the relationship in the future that these two had together.  Whether the change will workout for Day remains to be seen, but I think he made a mistake. I think his golf related problems have come about from the personal issues he has had to deal with (e.g. mother, etc.), rather than from a souring relationship with Colin Swatton as his caddie.  I think Day will look back on this important matter at some point-in-time and see where he (Day) was the problem, not Swatton.  Jason may have made the worse mistake in his adult life...that affects not only his career, but also a loving and caring member of the family. Not good...

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:26 PM

View PostStrike Force, on 13 September 2017 - 07:23 PM, said:

I think it will likely be very difficult to preserve anything close to the relationship in the future that these two had together.  Whether the change will workout for Day remains to be seen, but I think he made a mistake. I think his golf related problems have come about from the personal issues he has had to deal with (e.g. mother, etc.), rather than from a souring relationship with Colin Swatton as his caddie.  I think Day will look back on this important matter at some point-in-time and see where he (Day) was the problem, not Swatton.  Jason may have made the worse mistake in his adult life...that affects not only his career, but also a loving and caring member of the family. Not good...

Blah, blah ... pretty sure he and his friend/coach/mentor have a better handle on things than this kind of nonsense.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:45 PM

Day admitted on golf channel that Colin was surprised when he took him off the bag.  Sounds like day, his wife, and agent made the decision.  

Looks like another Yoko broke up the Beatles. Dames are undefeated

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