Just about two months ago, Jason Day was talking about working with legendary caddie Steve Williams to target a big comeback in 2020. Now, the 2015 PGA Championship winner and the Kiwi looper are no longer a team.
The Australian Associated Press reports Jason Day and Steve Williams have stopped working together after The Northern Trust, where Day missed the cut and slipped out of the top eight in the International Presidents Cup team standings. Williams had caddied for Day for six events, starting in June at the US Open at Pebble Beach. In that span, Day missed two cuts and notched one top-10 finish.
Day told the AAP that the decision is the result of a disconnect of "old and new school."
"Parting with Steve was a mutual decision and not an easy one to make," Day told AAP on Sunday.
"He is the ultimate pro; it was a real learning experience being exposed to a caddie who has achieved what Steve has. He has worked with the best," Day told the AAP.
One example of the disconnect could be the Travelers Championship. After Day shot 7-under 63, a career-best at TPC River Highlands, Williams insisted Day head to the range, in the rain, to work on his game.
"Since having Steve on the bag we've definitely been a lot more disciplined about going to the range and putting green, chipping green after the round and making sure we're staying on top of it, especially with our feels," Day said back in June. "[Williams is] very black and white."
It doesn't seem like there are hard feelings between the two. It just seems like this wasn't much of a professional match.
"Steve has become a friend and I have a lot of respect for him," Day said. "I thank Steve for everything he taught me."
Sitting 50th in the FedEx Cup standings, Day will temporarily use friend and fellow Aussie pro David Lutterus as a caddie for this week's BMW Championship.