The good old days of security as a caddie for a top professional golfer are apparently over. Tiger Woods started the trend when he fired Mike “Fluff” Cowan in 1999.
Phil Mickelson recently parted ways with Jim “Bones” Mackay after 25 years. It was a mutually agreed upon separation. Mackay was no longer recommending the right club and Mickelson is desperately seeking something to resurrect his career.
Rory McIllroy, another who has slid somewhat of late, decided that the best man from his wedding, Harry Diamond, could carry a set of clubs just as well as longtime caddie J.P. Fitzgerald.
Now, it is Jason Day’s turn, as it has been announced that caddie/mentor/ Coach Colin Swatton will no longer be replacing divots and consulting on putting lines. Like McIllroy, Day will turn over caddying duties to his friend Luke Reardon when Day tees off in this weeks third stop of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the 2017 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, September 12 – 17.
Day will use some combination of Reardon and another friend, former PGA Tour player David Lutterus for the rest of the season.
Day currently ranks 28th in the FedEx Cup system and he must finish the BMW Championship, formerly known as the Western Open, in the top 30 if he wants to play in the season finale at East Lake, just ahead of the Presidents Cup.
Day won the BMW, along with just about everything else, in 2015, but he has gone winless since The Players Championship in 2016.
Swatton will stay on as Day’s coach, which would seem to make good sense, as he played a large role in Day’s ascending to the number one world ranking two years ago.
“I never wanted it to turn into a toxic relationship where he’s taken me from where I am as a 12-year-old kid to where I am today and I’m not talking to him anymore,” Day explained.