Golf

Korda fires caddie mid-round at Open

Jessica Korda's round got better when she put boyfriend Johnny DelPrete on the bag.
Image: Jessica Korda (Al Bello, Getty Images)
Jessica Korda hits off the 2nd tee during the 3rd round of the US Women's Open.
GolfWeek Beth Ann Baldry
Share This Story

   
 

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.

Jessica Korda parted ways with her caddie after the ninth hole of the U.S. Women’s Open and promptly told her boyfriend to grab the bag. Korda shot 40 on the front nine with Jason Gilroyed, her caddie of one year, and was 1 under on the back nine with her boyfriend of 18 months, Johnny DelPrete.

“Had a couple of disagreements here and there, and I wasn't in the right state of mind,” said Korda. “I just was more consumed on what was going on just not my way. And I knew I needed to switch and just have a little bit more fun out there.”

Gilroyed has been caddying on the LPGA since 1996. Former bosses include Rosie Jones, I.K. Kim and two stints with Cristie Kerr. Gilroyed said the relationship had been deteriorating in recent weeks.

“It’s a shame it had to go down on the ninth hole,” he said by phone.

Korda, 20, came into the third round at Sebonack Golf Club trailing leader Inbee Park by six. She two-putted the par-5 18th for birdie to shoot 4-over 76 on Saturday and sits tied for sixth.

Prior to Gilroyed, Korda had Annika Sorenstam’s long-term caddie, Terry McNamara on the bag.

DelPrete, a former Web.com player who is now on the Canadian Tour, said he was shocked when Korda called him in. She admitted to being shaken up the first three holes of the back nine and relied on DelPrete to calm her down.

TEE IT UP

Stay on course with this season's pro golf schedules.

“You’ve just got to talk to her,” said DelPrete, who cracked jokes and kept it light. “It was a good team effort.”

Petr Korda, the former men’s tennis champion, was looping for his youngest daughter Nelly on the opposite side of the course when the caddie switch went down. Nelly, 14, struggled on a windy day on Long Island, shooting 79. Petr sat in the bleachers after their round to watch his eldest come up the 18th.

Jessica was later asked if there was any chance Nelly would let her caddie go on Sunday. She laughed and said, “No, I wouldn’t even let that happen.”

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



GOLF Videos

Can Tiger Woods recapture British Open magic Posted: Jul 14, 2014
Robert Lusetich looks back at Tiger Woods' past and ahead to his future at the B...

Will Mickelson win the British Open again? Posted: Jul 14, 2014
FOX Sports 1 golf analyst Robert Lusetich discusses Phil Mickelson's chances of ...

Mickelson looks to hit his stride Posted: Jul 14, 2014
Phil Mickelson discusses his up-and-down 2014 season.

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store