Ko Cuts Coach, Causes Kiwi Kerfuffle
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/24/13
As an amateur golfer, 16-year-old Lydia Ko won five professional tournaments, including the Canadian Women's Open in 2012 and 2013. Now that she has formally turned professional, she and her family will be spending most of their time in the United States. But her decision to leave the only golf coach she has ever had (Auckland-based Guy Wilson) has still shocked quite a few people in New Zealand.

Among those not pleased with this change is Steve Williams, Tiger's former caddie. Williams is one of New Zealand's more famous people in golf, but he had no idea that this change would occur. In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Stevie said:
"Obviously, he's obviously [sic] tremendously upset [over] what's happened. I think it's pretty unethical, myself, what's occurred. But he's gotta look at the positive side and if he's done it with one person, he could probably do it with somebody else.
With Wilson remaining in New Zealand, Ko said on Monday that she has agreed to be coached by Sean Hogan, an instructor with the David Leadbetter Academy:
"I'm going to be away from home and I'm not a player that likes to [not] have my coach out at tournaments, so it doesn't really work, him being here and him coming on the weeks that I'm not playing a tournament.

"That means I'd only see him, like, ten times a year — and to me, that kind of situation didn't work out, so that's why I thought it might be better to have a coach based somewhere in the States.

"It's obviously sad to stop with Guy, because he's been a great coach and a great friend as well. But it's just important to know that we still are good friends, which is quite good because sometimes it might not end well in both ways. I'm just lucky that we can still be friends."
For his part, Wilson was very diplomatic in his comments:
"It's been an honour to help develop Lydia into the number four golfer in the world. When I first met her the golf clubs were taller than she was and she didn't know the first thing about a driver or a putter but now she has one of the most envied swings in the women's golf world."
With his prized pupil performing so well, it is ridiculous to think that Wilson could not duplicate the effort with another student, inherent talent permitting.

For her part, Ko also said she wants no major swing changes. "Golf isn't really all about having the perfect swing; it's about getting out there and scoring well, as well."

Smart kid.

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