Eletiofe Jason Day splits with father-figure coach after 20-year golf...

Jason Day splits with father-figure coach after 20-year golf partnership


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  • Colin Swatton took Day under his wing as a 12-year-old
  • Australian to work on his own and focus on swing

Jason Day hugs his caddie Colin Swatton

Jason Day hugs Colin Swatton after making par on the 18th hole to win the 2015 US PGA Championship.
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Jason Day has ended his 20-year partnership with golf coach Colin Swatton. The former world No1, now ranked 43, says he intends to work on his own after splitting with his mentor.

“It’s been a long and successful road working with Col,” Day told the PGA Tour’s website ahead of this week’s World Golf Championships-FedEx St Jude Invitational.

“I have just decided I want to make a change and work on my own as it pertains to my golf swing.”

Swatton took the Queenslander under his wing as a 12-year-old at a golf boarding school not long after the teenager lost his father to cancer.

“Col has been way more than just a caddie and coach to me. I am forever grateful for all he has done for my golf and his continued friendship,” the 32-year-old said.

Swatton also doubled as Day’s caddie for all but two of his 12 PGA Tour wins but quit carrying his bag in late 2017 and has taken a more active role in golf media commentary over the past year.

“I am proud of what was accomplished but even more so I am proud of the man Jason has become,” Swatton said. “We will always remain close friends and I wish him well as he continues his journey.”

Swatton said he would “cherish the ride” with Day, who won the 2015 PGA Championship as he rose to the top ranking.

“It’s been a privilege to work with Jason since his childhood and I’ll always cherish the ride we’ve shared that took us all the way to the top of the golf world,” Swatton said.

Day has not won on tour since 2018 and battled chronic back issues but after slipping outside the world top 50 earlier this year has climbed back with back-to-back top 10 finishes.

He said the results had boosted his confidence.

“My game feels like it is coming together at the right time so I’m looking forward to trying to maintain this momentum,” Day told the website.

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