New caddie for Lydia Ko at Hawaii tournament

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 17:11 17/04/2014
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TROUBLED TIMES:Lydia Ko has split with Mark Wallington and is now on to the third caddie of her professional career.

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Kiwi golfing sensation Lydia Ko will be hoping third time's a charm with her newest caddie in Hawaii this weekend.

American Steve Kay will hold the world No 4's bags at the LPGA Lotte Championship which starts in Kapolei today.

Kay, who is one of the most experienced caddies on the men's PGA tour, is Ko's third caddie of her young professional career so far.

The 16-year-old has already teamed up with Scott Lubin, who once held the bags for Jack Nicklaus on the Champions Tour, and Mark Wallington, who assisted Ko in her first major as a professional in Palm Springs two weeks ago.

It is understood that Kay will be on the same trial basis that both Wallington and Lubin were, but Ko's management is open to the pair staying together if they have success together.

Kay has caddied on the PGA, Web.com and Champions tours for more than 25 years, working with the likes of Scott Hoch, Ian Baker-Finch, Jay Don Blake, Arjun Atwal, Daniel Chopra and Tom Gillis.

The veteran's biggest moment came in 2000, when he held the bag for Bob May in the thrilling 2000 PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

May recorded the lowest three rounds in the history of a major to end on 18-under, and force a three-hole playoff with Tiger Woods - which he would by one shot.

Ironically, Kay replaced Kiwi Max Cunningham as May's caddie in Kentucky after Michael Campbell's former caddie feel ill with a mystery sickness before the major.

Ko has endured an up-and-down start to her pro career on the LPGA. In six tournaments so far this year, the 16-year-old Kiwi has had three top ten finishes - including a second and a third.

She struggled in her first major as a pro at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, finishing in a tie for 29th.

If she wins a major on the LPGA tour this year, she will become the youngest major winner in golfing history.

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