Yang drops caddie over ‘chemistry issues’

Y.E. Yang and caddie A.J. Montecinos at the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship.

Y.E. Yang and caddie A.J. Montecinos at the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Y.E. Yang was back on American soil after a three-week trip to Asia produced a win in the Volvo China Open.

“A big relief. It does give me a (boost) of confidence,” said South Korea’s Yang, acknowledging that his 2010 season had been going slowly, with just two top 10s in 10 starts. He shot 3-under 285 at TPC Sawgrass to tie for 34th in The Players Championship.

His return to the American PGA Tour, however, brought a new look. Yang’s caddie at last summer’s PGA Championship win, A.J. Montecinos, is out, and Kent Fukushima is in.

“There has been some chemistry issues, and sometimes there has been some instances where I needed a bit more help,” Yang said. “But nothing’s really permanent right now.”

If Montecinos and Yang are parting ways for good, the caddie departs after being treated better than most. At one point early in his Tour career, Yang asked Montecinos what he owed on his car and on his house. Yang told him if the two made $2 million on the course, Yang would take care of both. Yang won the 2009 Honda Classic and took care of the car. The caddie’s $150,000 mortgage got paid off when Yang upended Woods at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine.

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