MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jason Day has parted ways with his longtime swing instructor, Colin Swatton.
The duo first met when Day was 12 years old and attending a boarding school in his native Australia. Swatton became a second father to Day, whose dad had passed away.
“It’s been a long and successful road working with Col,” Day told PGATour.com on Wednesday. “I have just decided I want to make a change and work on my own as it pertains to my golf swing. Col has been way more than just a caddie and coach to me. I am forever grateful for all he has done for my golf and his continued friendship.”
At the 2015 PGA Championship, Day tapped in for victory and then hugged Swatton, who doubled as Day’s caddie at the time and sobbed on his shoulder.
Under Swatton’s watchful eye, Day, 32, climbed to World No. 1, holding the top spot for 51 weeks. Swatton stepped away from caddying after 10 Tour victories, including the 2016 Players Championship, and 11 years on the bag in 2017.
Day is in the midst of a lengthy victory drought – for him anyway – having not lifted a trophy since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. His world ranking also has dipped to No. 43.
“I was kind of surprised but at the same time not surprised,” Swatton told GolfChannel.com. “When you do what I do for a living you know that day is going to come. You know they are going to take ownership and it’s more of a compliment than it is a shock.”