World No.3 Minjee Lee has split with her caddie, Jason Gilroyed, after five years.
The move brings to an end a hugely successful period in the Australian’s career that included two Major wins – the 2021 Amundi Evian Championship and last year’s US Women’s Open, where she cruised to victory by four shots over Mina Harigae at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.
According to Golfweek (opens in new tab), Lee will now turn to compatriot Rance De Grussa as she aims to build on a hugely successful 2022, which, as well as her Major win, also saw her claim victory in last May’s Cognizant Founders Cup among seven top 10 finishes.
The news comes just days after World No.1 Lydia Ko split with her caddie, Derek Kistler. Ko started her year in the Aramco Saudi’s Ladies International with a caddie she had worked with previously – Irishman David Jones. The move certainly didn’t seem to affect her form either, as she held off the challenge of Aditi Ashok to win by one shot.
Lee will be hopeful of making a similar impact when she gets her year under way next week in the Honda LPGA Thailand. In 2022, she finished tied for 12th in the tournament as Dane Nanna Koerstz Madsen claimed her maiden LPGA Tour victory.
As for Lee’s now former caddie, at least his dismissal didn’t come during a tournament – a fate he suffered in the 2013 US Women’s Open when Jessica Korda famously dispatched with his services midway through the third round.
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