Jason Day has confirmed his indefinite split with long-time caddie Colin Swatton will last until at least the Australian Open in November.
But for now, Day and Swatton are over as a player-caddie duo.
Nobody was expecting this, not even in a season which has seen Phil Mickelson break-up with Jim "Bones" Mackay and Rory McIlroy firing JP Fitzgerald. "I never wanted it to turn into a toxic relationship, where he's taken me from where I was as a 12-year-old kid to where I am today and I'm not talking to him anymore". "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".
To preserve the most important relationship in his golfing life, Jason Day had to cut loose the man who made that life possible.
Swatton and Day have known each other dating back to when Day was a student and Swatton a golf coach at the Koralbyn International School in Queensland, where Day was sent by his mother following his father's death.
They were butting heads on the course, and Day found himself blaming Swatton for things Swatton couldn't control.
"He's just coming off the bag and going to more of a coaching role", Day said. According to Ben Everill from PGATour.com, Swatton will continue as Day's coach. Day was 12 when he went to a golf academy in Australia where Swatton coached.
"He came over [and] my buddy Andy got him a job roofing". Now he'll be the caddie for Day in the BMW Championship, the third FedEx Cup playoff event, in which the top 30 advance to the FedEx Cup finale and a shot at the $10 million bonus prize.
Under Swatton's guidance, Day remarkably rose through the ranks winning the 2015 US PGA and climbing to the top of the rankings.
"I'm trying to find my footing here. He has done some time caddying but we need to make sure communication is key out there", said Day.
Swatton did not come to the BMW Championship and did not immediately respond to a message left on his phone seeking comment.
As far back as 2012, Day had been contemplating making a switch, but after going winless this year and falling to No. 9 in the world, the 29-year-old Aussie felt that he could wait no longer, and he made the switch last week. He said, 'You can yell at me if you want, ' that that's how good of a guy he is. Once again, he's my coach and always will be. I love him so much. Obviously, when you let go of someone, sometimes it's hard. His game, however, has suffered. "But there's been a lot going on this year".