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, 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
- David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)
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