Lydia Ko brings on new caddie and coach heading into Australian Open

Ko failed to win a tournament in 26 starts last year.
Ko failed to win a tournament in 26 starts last year. Photo credit: Getty

Kiwi Lydia Ko has made yet another wholesale change as she seeks to rediscover the form which saw her atop the golfing world.

The 20-year-old will look to put a forgettable 2017 behind her when she kicks off a fresh campaign at the Australian Open this week with both a new coach and caddie

The two-time major winner has reportedly recruited Jonny Scott as her new bagman, while former professional Ted Oh takes over the coaching reins, as per the official LPGA site.

Oh made six starts on the PGA Tour - including a US Open berth at the age of just 16 - and grew up competing against Tiger Woods. He takes over from South African Gary Gilchrist who lasted just 12 months in the role.

Ted Oh.
Ted Oh. Photo credit: Getty

Scott formerly spent a successful career alongside hall of famer Laura Davies. He'll become Ko's 11th caddie.

Ko says she's now in a much "better place" mentally and has a newfound sense of confidence following a taxing 2017.

"Confidence is a huge thing. During the middle of last year I felt I lost a bit of confidence," she told Adelaide publication The Advertiser.

"Talent wise it does not change week-in, week-out, it is really confidence and how positive you are.

"I took time off to regroup and rest physically and mentally. The past month I have been training back in the states and it is good to come back and play this tournament, my first for the season."

The 2015 LPGA player of the year hasn't won a tournament since July 2016.