PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – As Greg Chalmers worked on his swing at the TPC Sawgrass driving range Wednesday, a familiar face stood behind him analyzing his swing – Col Swatton.
Swatton is better known as the caddie, coach and mentor for Jason Day, having just guided the Aussie to a PGA Championship win and the top spot in the world rankings. But Swatton also coaches Chalmers, a 41-year-old who this week is hoping to retain his PGA Tour card at the Web.com Tour Championship.
While Swatton spends most of his time with Day, he said he is able to consult with Chalmers about once every 4-6 weeks depending on how the PGA Tour schedule lays out. He relishes the opportunity to return to the role of coach this week alongside another Aussie.
“It’s what I’ve always done,” Swatton said. “The caddying is what I haven’t always done. So for me, it’s no real difference.”
While Day received a bit of a break after the Tour Championship, Swatton had one day at home before heading to Ponte Vedra Beach to meet with Chalmers, who has made only $5,010 through the first three Web.com Tour Finals events.
Swatton will return home Wednesday before boarding a flight Friday for South Korea and the Presidents Cup, where he will again caddie for Day.
“Thought I’d see [Chalmers] and make sure he was in a good frame of mind, ready to go out and compete,” Swatton said. “After Korea I’m off for six weeks, so I’ll have plenty of time to rest.”