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LPGA golfer fires her caddie mid-round, boyfriend tabbed to tote bag

  • David Whitlock

You don’t see this everyday, according to Steve DiMeglio of USA TODAY, 20-year-old American phenom Jessica Korda fired her caddy mid-round at the U.S. Women’s Open and stuck her boyfriend on her bag.  Following a shouting match and a 5-over front 9, Ms. Korda, the daughter of 1998 Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda, had enough and gave her caddy, Jason Gilroyed, the heave ho.  She was forthright about the dismissal after the round (according to the DiMeglio article):

“We had a couple of disagreements here and there, and I wasn’t in the right state of mind. I knew I needed to switch and just have a little bit more fun out there,” Korda said. “It’s a U.S. Open. It’s tough out there. It just wasn’t working out.”

Her new caddy, boyfriend Johnny DelPrete, is a professional golfer himself, and, although he’s never caddied, led his best girl to a 1-under par the rest of the way, as Korda remains in the Top 10 at the end of the 3rd round.  Not surprisingly, DelPrete will be on the bag for the fourth round.

Jessica Korda on the back-9 with new caddy Credit: Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY

Jessica Korda on the back-9 with new caddy,  boyfriend Johnny DelPrete
Credit: Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY


Jessica’s 14-year-old sister Nelly also made the cut, watch these two as potential greats of the sport going forward.

Korda sisters show off their form Credit: Tracy Wilcox

Korda sisters show off their form
Credit: Tracy Wilcox

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late mid-2012 season and became the Reading Between the Seams (baseball) Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge college football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about college football or baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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