Longtime caddie leaving Creamer for Korean star

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NAPLES, Fla. – One of the longest running LPGA player/caddie unions ends this week at the CME Group Tour Championship.

Paula Creamer’s longtime caddie, Colin Cann, will tote her bag for the final time in this week’s LPGA season finale.

Cann will take over as Korean star Sung Hyun Park’s caddie next year.

“Colin and I have had a great 12 years together, but it was just time for a change for both of us,” Creamer said after her pro-am round Wednesday. “It’s a mutual decision.”

Cann is the only full-time caddie Creamer has known, toting her bag since the day she joined the tour as a rookie in 2005. Cann and Creamer are so close, he served as her “man of honor” at her wedding two years ago. Except for a spell after he broke an ankle in Creamer’s rookie year, and after he suffered back spasms at the Wegmans LPGA Championship two years ago, Cann has been at Creamer’s side.

“Of course, it will be emotional,” Creamer said of their last event together. “We’ve had a very close relationship. It will be hard.”

Cann wasn’t available for comment after the pro-am round. He was getting treatment for back problems, but Creamer said he plans to tote her bag when the tournament  begins Thursday.

Park is the top player on the Korean LPGA Tour this year, having won seven KLPGA titles. Park will join the LPGA as a rookie next season, having earned her American tour card via top-40 non-member money equivalency this season. She is No. 10 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. Cann has a terrific resume. He also was caddie to Korean star Se Ri Pak and former world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam.