Day hires uber-caddie Steve Williams for US Open
Jason Day has seemingly pulled out a trump card this week after the World No.16 was seen practising at Pebble Beach with none other than retired uber-caddie Steve Williams on his bag.
The 2015 PGA champion confirmed the change of bagman to Golf Channel as he seeks his second major title at the US Open starting this Thursday.
Jason Day (Credit: USGA)
Day would not confirm whether the change was permanent or just a one-off arrangement as Williams has done for other players in the past including Danielle Kang on the LPGA Tour and Kiwi Ryan Fox earlier this year at the New Zealand Open.
“It was a team decision to bring in Steve and I think it’s a really good one,” coach Col Swatton told AAP.
“Steve is probably the most prolific caddie golf has seen in helping a player win at the highest level; he has caddied for three world No.1 players.”
“We believe it’s a decision that can only help Jason in his quest to get back to No.1.”
The former world number one will be the second top Australian golfer to use the New Zealand caddie since his split with Woods following Williams’ stint on Adam Scott’s bag from 2011 to 2017, which included the duo’s iconic 2013 Masters win.
Day enjoyed a superb run of results at the US Open between his first appearance in 2011 through to 2016. He finished inside the top-10 on five occasions including two second place finishes in 2011 and 2013 but has missed the cut in his last two appearances.
While he has yet to record a victory this season, Day has claimed five top-10’s including a T5 at the Masters in April and sits at 36th on the FedExCup rankings with $2.2 million.
Williams carried the bag in 13 of Tiger Woods’s 15 major championship wins including Woods’ 2000 US Open victory at Pebble Beach, where he crushed the field by 15 shots, which still remains the largest winning margin in major championship history.
The Kiwi has a long history dating back to 1976 when as a teenager he first caddied for Peter Thomson at the New Zealand Open before working for several Aussies, including Ian Baker-Finch, across the next few years on various Tours.
However, his biggest break came when Greg Norman hired him in 1982 where he stayed until the Australian fired him in 1989. From there he was quickly hired by Raymond Floyd and remained on Floyd’s bag until moving to Tiger Woods in 1999…and the rest, as they say, is history.
The US Open kicks off this Thursday and Day will be grouped with Si Woo Kim and Rickie Fowler for the first two rounds.