PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – There aren’t too many caddie-player relationships that go the distance on the LPGA. But after eight years, Ai Miyazato and Mick Seaborn seemed to be a model team. So when Miyazato showed up in the Bahamas without the only caddie who has worked for her in eight years on the LPGA, heads turned.
“I needed something to refresh,” Miyazato said. “This is the ninth year for me. I’ve got to do something different.”
Seaborn moved on to the men’s European Tour and now works for Soren Hansen.
Tour life had begun to feel like Groundhog Day for Miyazato, who had grown weary of the same conversations and the same routine with the same person. She wanted to feel like a rookie again.
But when the interview shifted to Miyazato’s health (she had a fever earlier in the week), the petite Japanese player politely brought it back to Mick, whom she calls her best friend.
Although she wouldn’t say she regretted the decision, it’s safe to say she misses Seaborn. In fact, she’s hoping this is only a short break.
Miyazato’s new sidekick is Kevin Flewellin, who worked for Momoko Ueda last season. After 36 holes here, Miyazato stands tied for 49th after rounds of 75-71.