Peter Godfrey gets a new boss as often as Lydia Ko gets a new caddie. Perhaps, then, it makes sense that Ko hired Godfrey to be her 10th caddie since turning pro in 2014.
If the best women’s golfer in the world deserves the best caddie by her side, then maybe Ko and Godfrey, the 2017 LPGA Caddie of the Year, can build a lasting partnership that neither have experienced recently. Godfrey will make his debut with Ko this week at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.
It’s no secret that Ko is on the 10th caddie of her professional career. She fired Gary Matthews after the Lotte Championship earlier this month, just his ninth event with the world No. 1. After the split, Matthews questioned Ko’s ability to manage a successful player-caddie relationship.
“I wish her the best, but she’s gone through so many caddies, she needs to wake up on caddie-player relationships, otherwise she’ll just keep doing it.”
Like Ko, Godfrey himself has had some short-lived caddie-player relationships recently. He has worked for as many players since last summer as Ko has had caddies.
Godfrey was only two weeks into the job with Ariya Juntanugarn last July when she won the Women’s British Open. At the time, Juntanugarn said that Godfrey would be her “permanent caddie” moving forward. Apparently the word “permanent” has an alternative definition when it comes to holding a job as a tour caddie. Godfrey was off her bag when Juntanugarn played in the Olympic Games in Rio the next month.
Before taking the job with Ko, Godfrey was working with Ha Na Jang, who has already racked up three top-5 finishes in 2017, including a victory at the Australian Open. Now, Ko is Godfrey’s third boss since last July.
There are plenty of reasons to believe the Ko-Godfrey pairing will be a long-term match. Given the resume Godfrey brings, it’s clear that Ko took this decision seriously, which implies she’s committed to it. Godfrey is no stranger to high-profile players or major championships, as Juntanugarn was world No. 2 when he helped her win last year’s British Open. And considering that Ko and Godfrey are both the best in the world at what they do, there is seemingly nobody better to turn to for either party.
But if history repeats itself, and this proves to be another flash-in-the-pan pairing, at least both Ko and Godfrey will be in familiar territory looking for another new sidekick.