Lydia Ko and her caddie, Justin Hamilton, are parting ways, according to a report from Golfweek.
Despite winning four times on the LPGA Tour this season (and 10 other times with Hamilton on the bag, including both of Ko’s majors), a recent slump seemingly forced Ko’s hand. The world No. 1’s last three starts on Tour resulted in results of 51st, 20th and 43rd.
While he may be taking the fall, Hamilton isn’t letting the firing get to him; he’s already queued up to caddie for world No. 8 and three-time winner this season, Ha Na Jang.
“All Lydia told me was she wanted a different set of eyes out there,” Hamilton told Golfweek. “These things happen, it’s part of the game.”
In addition to her 14 wins, Hamilton has helped Ko to a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the 2015 Player of the Year award. Ko employed seven other caddies during her rookie year before hiring Hamilton.