Jason Day makes caddie change, keeps Colin Swatton as swing coach

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

Jason Day put his name in the ring for most controversial caddie splits of the year when he confirmed Wednesday his dismissal of longtime caddie Colin Swatton.

But Day says the split isn't final and is open to the idea of having Swatton on the bag during golf's four majors, similar to countryman Adam Scott, who has Kiwi Steve Williams caddie at the biggest events on the calendar. "The last couple of weeks were tough". "I felt like if I was going to keep it going - I know that he wanted - he always wanted to work and do whatever he needs. I have no one to blame other than myself", Day said.

"... Obviously, I know there's a relationship there and me and him have been inseparable since the day I came out". I just want to make sure I did the right thing. I'm the player. I'm the one - he's got zero ego.

"Unfortunately, sometimes it just doesn't work out and it was more my fault".

"This is the first time I've actually been separated from Col as a player-caddie relationship and I'm trying to find my footing here", he said.

Day nearly seemed to regret the decision when talking about what the switch will mean for him down the road.

Swatton was as much a life coach as his golf instructor and caddie.

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Under Swatton's guidance, Day remarkably rose through the ranks winning the 2015 US PGA and climbing to the top of the rankings.

"My attitude is not good coming to the golf course because of things he can't control, obviously".

"Col has taken me from a 12-year-old kid to where I am today. but slowly, over time, the chemistry between Col and I (diminished) a little bit".

To preserve the most important relationship in his golfing life, Jason Day had to cut loose the man who made that life possible. We always - we had conversations, my agent, my wife and obviously, him. I love him so much. "I was anxious if I kept it going, it was going to head that way, and I love him too much to have him not in my life".

"We're still close and we'll always be close". "We've been really tight and being so close for very long and we're still close".

Swatton has been a father-figure for Day, doubling as caddie and coach - a role he will maintain - for the 29-year-old Australian's entire career.

"Now he's on the bag for me in the third FedEx playoff event", said Day, who plans to employ another friend, former Web.com Tour player David Lutterus, in two weeks at the Presidents Cup at Liberty National.

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