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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Suzann Pettersen Splits from David Leadbetter

According to LPGA.com, Suzann Pettersen has stopped working with David Leadbetter after 6 years.

Suzann Pettersen

The news was buried in the pre-tournament notes for the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, the first round of which will be over by the time you read this. Here's the brief bit from the notes:
Two-time defending Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship champion Suzann Pettersen recently decided to make a switch and is no longer working with David Leadbetter, a man who she called coach for the past six years.
“I’m no longer working with David,” Pettersen explained. “There’s just a time for everything and the timing was right. I feel great. I’m very happy both on and off the golf course. I guess it’s just the circle of the life of a golfer.
“He’s still a great friend of mine,” Pettersen continued. “I just feel it was time to get some new energy from a new angle. Like I said he’s been a great supporter of me through my entire career and I proud to say I worked with David. He taught me a lot but like I said it’s time to move on.”
I did a little searching on the Web but couldn't find anything else on the news, so this must have caught everybody by surprise. I can't help but wonder if it has anything to do with her not winning this season -- that's often all a pro needs to spark a change.

At the time I'm writing this, Suzann is even after 7 holes of her first round and 5 shots off the lead held by Shanshan Feng. Suzann's the two-time defending champion at this event but this year it's being played at a different venue -- the Miramar Golf Country Club in Taipei, which hosted the TLPGA's Swinging Skirts Invitational on the TLPGA for three years before that event moved to San Francisco. (Lydia Ko won here at last year's Swinging Skirts, and at the San Francisco event earlier this year.)

I wonder if Suzann has decided who she wants to work with yet? I guess we'll just have to keep our ears open.

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