Jason Day makes caddie change, keeps Colin Swatton as swing coach

Jason Day of Australia right walks with his caddie Colin Swatton on the eighth hole during the first round at The Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach Fla. Day said he is temporary par

Jason Day of Australia right walks with his caddie Colin Swatton on the eighth hole during the first round at The Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach Fla. Day said he is temporary par

After a partnership spanning the entirety of his professional career, Jason Day has parted company with caddie Colin Swatton.

Swatton has been on the bag for all of Day's 10 PGA Tour wins, including his breakthrough major at the 2015 US PGA Championship.

"Everything is great when you win, but when you're playing poorly, that's when a true test of a relationship actually happens between a player and a caddie", Day said.

Day reiterated, though, that Swatton is "not out of my world one bit".

Except for the 2014 Tour Championship when Swatton was injured, Day has never had anyone but his coach on the bag at PGA Tour events. "The positive vibes and the positives he's trying to put out and all the numbers that he can get and information he can get sometimes just doesn't work out". "It's just - he's coming off the bag and going to more of a coaching role now". Phil Mickelson and Jim "Bones" Mackay split after 25 years, while Rory McIlroy parted with J.P. Fitzgerald after almost a decade. "I'm planning on trying to keep him around".

"Going forward, I've got a buddy on the bag".

For now, Day will use a friend this week to replace Swatton with a different acquaintance possibly taking his place at the Presidents Cup.

Savaricas reports that Day will employ Luke Reardon, a friend and former roommate at Hill College, an Australian live-in golf academy. "I was anxious if I kept it going, it was going to head that way, and I love him too much to have him not in my life".

"He was an awesome caddie, fantastic coach and incredible person", Day said. Once again, he's my coach and always will be. I just want to make sure I did the right thing.

But for now, Day and Swatton are over as a player-caddie duo. "Obviously, when you let go of someone sometimes it's hard, but there's been a lot going this year".

"Me and him have been inseparable since the day I came out", Day said.

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