Sport

Ko gives caddie the boot

Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea.
Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea. Lee Jin-man

THE par-five ninth at the US Open might be the hole that fractured Lydia Ko's relationship with caddie Jason Hamilton.

Ko has split with the Australian, who has carried her clubs since the end of the 2014 season, culminating in 13 titles including two major wins.

The New Zealander's coach David Leadbetter revealed to Radio Sport that Ko and Hamilton separated last week, which has affected her during a recent form slump.

"I think that's been on her mind a little bit. The reasons are a little uncertain at the moment. They felt they weren't getting on together. It wasn't acrimonious in any way,” Leadbetter told Radio Sport.

Ko took on Hamilton, who previously worked with former world No.1 Yani Tseng, at the start of last year after auditioning eight caddies.

She will use a couple of temporary caddies for the remainder of the 2016 season.

A double-bogey that blew Ko's lead at the US Open might be the reason behind the break-up. Ko held a one-shot lead going into the hole but recorded a seven on the par five before going on to finish in a tie for third with a final-round three-over 75.

"Sometimes I've found with young players they can become too reliant on their caddie,” Leadbetter said.

"At the US Open I felt she should have won that tournament and I think she made a poor decision and I think she relied on her caddie to make it. A lot of times, more experienced players will make a decision and go for it. I think she got talked into a shot on the ninth hole, a par five where there was no way she should have gone for it. She should have laid up and she made a double (bogey) on the hole.”

American Brittany Lang won the tournament after beating Sweden's Anna Nordqvist in a controversial three-hole playoff.

Hamilton told GolfChannel.com: "She told me in the clubhouse after the round (at the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea) that she felt like now was a good time to make a change.

"She said she thought it would be good to get a different set of eyes out there.”

"These things happen, it's part of the game.”

The world No.1's been unable to hit her usual lofty heights of late, with just one top-five finish from her last five tournaments. She produced her worst result of 2016 on the weekend after finishing well back in South Korea in a tie for 51st.

NZ HERALD

Topics:  david leadbetter jason hamilton lydia ko


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Broken Deception Bay Bowls Club thrown lifeline

BRIGHT FUTURE: Peninsula Fair Darts Club president Dave O'Keefe has big plans for the Deception Bay Bowls Club.

Broken Deception Bay Bowls Club thrown lifeline

Families struggling with back-to-school costs

FINANCIAL STRAIN: Jessica, Allo and Jackson Wilson are struggling to cover the costs of going back to school.

Families struggling with back-to-school costs

Rally against trophy hunting

HELPING OUT: Zoologist Chrissy Joester is organising a Cecil the lion rally in Brisbane.

Rally against trophy hunting

Local Partners

Bushfire on Bribie Island

Residents have been advised to close windows and doors and keep medication on hand if they suffer from respiratory illness.

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Start the new year with a bang at Woodford

CLOSING CEREMONY: The Fire Event is Woodford Folk Festival's biggest ceremony.

Farewell 2016 with fire at Woodford Folk Festival

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!