PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Has Lydia Ko finally found her caddie?
Greg Johnston is on Ko’s bag for a fifth consecutive start this week, longer than any caddie she has worked with as a pro. She has tried them by the bunches as an amateur and a pro, including borrowing Mike “Fluff” Cowan from Jim Furyk for a week at the U.S. Women’s Open, in her search to find the right fit.
Johnston is a veteran who has toted for some of the game’s best players, including Juli Inkster, Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson. The Kos hired Johnston for a three-week tryout at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in late June. After they tied for second there as a team, the Kos asked Johnston to stay on for the rest of the year. In their third start together, Ko won the Marathon Classic.
“It’s been working really good,” Ko said. “I feel comfortable having him.”
Ko was asked if she prefers using a variety of caddies.
“I’d really like to have one caddie for nine or 10 years,” Ko said. “I’ve been just trying them. Before each guy, I said why don’t we have a three- or four-week trial and kind of go from there. Hopefully, I’ll be able to stay with one caddie for a long time.”
What is she looking for in a caddie?
“I don’t really have that fire in me,” Ko said. “My mom and I feel I need someone who can be a little humorous, and who can kind of have that fire for me.”