Kaymer and Caddy Call it Quits
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

The Odd Couple: Martin Kaymer and Craig Connely

Martin Kaymer and his caddy, Craig Connely, have parted company ahead of this week’s re-formatted Volvo World Matchplay Championship at Finca Cortesin GC in Spain. The Scot had been on the bag of the current World Number Three throughout his 2010 purple patch, including his first major victory at last summer’s USPGA Championship.

The German, who has struggled in recent months to rediscover the form that saw him rise to the summit of the world rankings in the early stages of this season, made it clear that the split, though unequivocal, was not to be seen as an indictment of Connely’s ability:

“Obviously Craig and me [sic], we had a fantastic year together,” he continued…

“I just felt like I needed a change. It has nothing really to do with Craig – he’s a fantastic guy and he’s been a good caddie for me.”

A list of credible contenders has yet to emerge, but Kaymer’s search for a replacement is expected to be a brief one. He’s made it clear that he expects have someone in place before next month’s US Open (German efficiency, anyone?):

“I haven’t had any calls yet (from other caddies) – I think nobody knows. But obviously now some people will know.”

Since his amateur days Kaymer has been mentored by Fanny Sunesson, former caddie of Sir Nick Faldo and now with struggling Swede Henrik Stenson.

Almost certainly she will not be taking the job as his caddie, however.

“I think what we are doing is very good and I don’t think we will really change that.”

In the meantime, Connely’s former role will be assumed Kaymer’s brother Philip, a law student, who caddied for his brother over the course of his rookie season on the European Tour.

Conor Nagle