Returning to world number 1 on November 28, Lydia Ko, three times victorious in 2022, has however decided to part with her caddy, Derek Kistler. It is David Jones, with whom the New Zealander won the LOTTE Championship (LPGA) in 2021, who will be on her bag next week at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International, the third tournament of the 2023 season of the Ladies European Tour ( LET).
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The adage "you don't change a winning team" has no hold on Lydia Ko. The current world No. 1 has once again proven it. Despite a successful 2022 season with three successes on the LPGA Tour, including the final in Florida on November 20 and the honorary title of golfer of the year, the 25-year-old New Zealander is parting ways with her caddy, Derek Kistler.
The duo had started a collaboration in the course of 2021, a few weeks after their success on the LOTTE Championship (LPGA) ending here almost three years of drought. His caddy at the time was David Jones. It is precisely him that Lydia Ko has decided to call back to launch her season next week in Saudi Arabia on the Ladies European Tour (LET) at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International ($5 million endowment).
Until then Nick Taylor's caddy on the PGA Tour, Jones has quite the resume. He won the 2016 Evian Championship with In Gee Chun before doing it again with another South Korean golfer, Sung Hyun Park, at the 2017 US Open and then at the 2018 KPMG Women's PGA.
Devourer of shopping carts – she has consumed a good dozen since her arrival in the pros in 2014 – Lydia Ko, who married on December 30 in Seoul (South Korea), did not comment on the reasons for her change of co-pilot.
Lydia Ko, born Go Bo-gyeong, is a New Zealand golfer of South Korean descent. She became No. 1 in the world rankings on February 2, 2015 at the age of 17 years 9 months and 8 days, making her the youngest male or female golfer to reach the top ranking.