Jason Day drafts mates in huge caddie change

 

Jason Day has confirmed his indefinite split with long-time caddie Colin Swatton will last until at least the Australian Open in November.

On Wednesday, the world No.9 revealed he had temporarily parted with Swatton, Day's caddie and swing coach of 17 years, with high school mate Luke Reardon on the bag for the BMW Championship - the second-last event of the $US67 million ($84m) play-off series.

South Carolina-based Swatton will remain as Day's swing coach, while Reardon will carry the clubs at next week's Tour Championship, should Day progress to the 30-man event.

While fellow tour pro and close friend David Lutterus will caddie at the Presidents Cup in New Jersey in two weeks, Reardon will rejoin Day for the inaugural PGA Tour event in Korea and Day's first Australian Open since 2013.

"I'm not breaking up with him; he's still my coach and always will be," said Day.

"When (I'm) playing poorly, that's when a true test of a relationship happens between a player and a caddie.

"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.

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

"We're still close and we'll always be close."

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.

"I made a decision last week to see how the rest of this year goes with a couple of buddies on the bag," said Day.

"If that doesn't work out, and I don't like the way I work with these guys then, there may be a bag share for (Swatton) next year ... at the majors."

Day and Swatton are one of the PGA Tour's closest player-caddie pairings, first linking up when Day was an early teenager at Kooralbyn International School.

Swatton has been on the bag for all of Day's 10 PGA Tour wins, including his breakthrough major at the 2015 US PGA Championship.

Reardon, who has previously caddied for Australian golfer Aaron Pike, is credited with inspiring Day to wake up at 5am every day to practise when the pair were roommates at Hills International College.

"We grew up playing golf together. He has done some time caddying but we need to make sure communication is key out there," said Day.

The surprise news comes at the BMW Championship, the site of a 2015 victory for Day which launched him into a debut stint at world No.1.

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