A lot of people think the only job of a caddie is to carry the bag. That couldn't be more wrong. A caddie is a swing coach, a mental coach, a voice of reason and persuasion and the person that makes sure, if you go on tilt, that things can smooth over so you can finish your round and not post some absurdly high number.
Jessica Korda obviously was not thinking about all those things during her third round at the U.S. Open. According to the Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman, the 20-year-old LPGA player fired her caddie mid-round at Sebonack Golf Club, pulling her boyfriend in to loop for the remainder of her round.
After argument, Jessica Korda fires caddie mid-round in US Open, puts her boyfriend Johnny DelPreti on the bag.
— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) June 29, 2013
Her caddie, Jason Gilroyed, used to loop for Cristie Kerr during a time that I caddied for a friend on the LPGA, so I got to spend some time around Jason and can tell you from experience he's not only a great caddie but a solid dude, so who knows what happened between the two.
''I care about Jason a lot. He is a great guy,'' Korda said after her round. ''That's just how it happens sometimes in life. That was one of those things today that it just unfolded. It was very hard for me to do. I'm not that type of person to take these things really easily.''
This is also the second week in a row we've had a situation involving a professional golfer and their caddie. Bubba Watson went off on his caddie last week at the Travelers Championship after making a triple-bogey on the 16th hole.
Still, if we didn't bring up this we wouldn't be doing our job.
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