Ko parts ways with caddie Hamilton


Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko made a big change to her team after her worst finish this year at the KEB Hana Bank Championship.

After the final round, Ko told her caddie, Jason Hamilton, that it was time to part ways.

Ko’s management team confirmed the change and that there’s no new caddie to announce yet.

Ko and Hamilton were together for almost two years.

“She told me in the clubhouse after the round that she felt like now was a good time to make a change,” Hamilton told GolfChannel.com. “She said she thought it would be good to get a different set of eyes out there.”

Ko has had another strong year with four LPGA victories, but she hasn’t been at the top of her game in her last three starts. She tied for 51st at the Hana Bank Championship, her worst finish this year. She tied for 20th at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship the week before that and tied for 43rd at the Evian Championship in her start before that.

After going through a revolving door of caddies as an amateur and LPGA rookie, Ko hired Hamilton before the Sime Darby Malaysia in October of 2014, the end of her rookie season. They won 13 times together, 10 of those LPGA events and two of them major championships.

“These things happen, it’s part of the game,” Hamilton said of the parting.

Hamilton, who also caddied for Yani Tseng in her run to world No. 1, expects to be on Ha Na Jang’s bag for next week’s Sime Darby Malaysia on a trial run through the rest of the season.

Ko will also make her next start at the Sime Darby Malaysia.