May 19 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Sometimes change is good, or necessary, or both.
Enter Adam Scott, who split with longtime caddie Tony Navarro following last week’s PLAYERS Championship, where he missed the cut. Scott said he’s had a great relationship with Navarro through the years, but “the cliche, all good things come to an end.”
The move doesn’t seem to have impacted Scott, who is using Camilo Villegas’ now-former looper Michael Doran this week, negatively so far -- Scott is 4 under through 15 holes at Colonial and near the top of the leaderboard.
As for the decision to split, it was an amicable one.
"There were issues that had nothing to do with on the golf course or with us," Navarro, who lives in Moline, Ill., told the Quad City Times. "It's just a few things weren't going to work out. I told him I wouldn't quit, so he would have to fire me.
"It wouldn't have been any different had we won the Masters. It was an unavoidable circumstance in the middle of our relationship that we couldn't overcome."
Sometimes a change of scenery, like in other sports, is just good for a team, or in this case an individual. We saw the same thing last week, for example, with Sean O’Hair, who recently parted ways with swing coach Sean Foley and then had a season-best finish, a tie for 19th, at THE PLAYERS.
O’Hair and Foley remain close, much the way Navarro expects to with Scott.