Date: August 18, 2015
Author: Bernie Pramberg

Day, Swatton bond grew from Queensland Open

US PGA champion Jason Day has revealed his unique bond with caddie Col Swatton started at the Queensland Open at Ipswich 11 years ago.

Although Swatton had been associated with Day at the Kooralbyn International School and then at Hills College at Jimboomba, it was not until the 2004 Queensland Open at Ipswich Golf Club that he actually caddied for the then 17-year-old.

Following his emotional triumph in the US PGA Championship, Day said he had fond memories of the first time Swatton had been on his bag.

“He’s come a long way because the first time he caddied for me at Ipswich Golf Club we had a pull cart. He was pulling a little trolley,’’ said Day.

“It was the Queensland Open and he didn’t make it up the 18th fairway. He was that buggered he couldn’t make it up.

“So now he can carry a 45 pound (20kgs) bag around the place … he’s come a long way.’’

Wet weather shortened the Queensland open to 54 holes in 2004 when Steven Bowditch shot 18-under to record his first win as a professional. Day shot 10-under to finish one stroke behind leading amateur Adam Blyth who subsequently turned professional and will contest the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open which starts Thursday at Brookwater.

Swatton has been much more than a caddie for Day. He is also coach, mentor and mate.

“Col has been there for me since I was 12 and a half years old,’’ said Day. “For him to be on the bag for me from Ipswich to a major championship means so much.’’