Jason Day makes caddie change at PGA BMW

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

Last week, Jason Day talked with Col Swatton, his longtime mentor, coach and caddie, for almost an hour. Day said Wednesday at the BMW Championship that Swatton will stay Day's swing coach, a position he's held since the 29-year-old Day was 12 years old. Reardon is a friend and former roommate at the golf academy they both attended back home in Australia. Day is having a tough year, however, he has fallen to number nine in the world and needs a good week at the BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Illinois just to reach the FedEx Cup finale next week.

As you can see, Day isn't the only player with a substituted caddie this week.

Under Swatton's guidance, Day remarkably rose through the ranks winning the 2015 US PGA and climbing to the top of the rankings. At 28th in the rankings, Day is in danger of not making the top 30 in the FedEx rankings who qualify for next week's Tour Championship.

"He was obviously a little bit shocked and disappointed", Day said.

But for now, Day and Swatton are over as a player-caddie duo.

"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 said he would prefer to work with Swatton in the days and weeks leading up to tournaments, so he's not trying to fix anything at an event. "He's my coach and always will be".

"Like I said, nothing is broken". It may be somewhere down the road where four months from now - I don't even know how long it will be - but I can come back to him and say, 'I made a mistake and I need to come back and have you on the bag'.

"So, you know, it's always hard because we've been a team for so long. He's a father figure for me ever since I was a kid, and I wanted to make sure that it's still there". His game, however, has suffered. His tie for ninth in the PGA Championship was his only top 10 in a major.

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