Thursday, December 08, 2016

First her caddie goes, now Lydia Ko splits with David Leadbetter Golf Academy

By Golfweek Staff
Lydia Ko, the world’s top-ranked women’s golfer, has cut ties with David Leadbetter and the Leadbetter Golf Academy, Leadbetter announced in a statement Wednesday evening.
Ko, 19, had worked with Leadbetter and Sean Hogan, director of instruction at the Leadbetter Golf Academy, since 2013, when Ko, then 16, left her New Zealand-based coach Guy Wilson after 11 years together.
“We as a team want to thank Lydia for the privilege of helping her develop her game over the past three years,” Leadbetter said in the statement. 
“… We wish Lydia the very best for the future and know that, going forward, if she is able to withstand the many outside pressures associated with being number one in the world, and if her team keep their expectations realistic, then she can go on to even bigger and better things.”
Ko and her caddie of two years, Jason Hamilton, parted ways in October.
“All Lydia told me was she wanted a different set of eyes out there,” Hamilton told Golfweek.
Ko said of the caddie split: “I really think that some people might think I might have ended on bad terms with my former caddie, Jason. But no, I really enjoyed working with him the past few years. … Sometimes change is a good thing.”



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