23 Dec 2014

Scott finds Williams replacement

3:22 pm on 23 December 2014

Australian world golf No.3 Adam Scott has hired a new caddie to replace the semi-retired New Zealander Steve Williams after trying out several bagmen in recent months.

Australian golfer Adam Scott (R) with new caddie Mike Kerr.

Australian golfer Adam Scott (R) with new caddie Mike Kerr. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Scott's announced Zimbabwe's Mike Kerr, who has previously worked for Ernie Els, Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez, will take over as his permanent caddie next year.

He settled on Kerr after using the Zimbabwean at the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship earlier this month.

Kerr, who grew up in South Africa where he competed at amateur level alongside leading players such as Tim Clark and Rory Sabattini, has long been a friend of Scott's and most recently worked for Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen.

Scott tried out two other caddies at events in Asia in October and November after Williams said that he did not want to continue full-time as a caddie, a situation that was not acceptable to the Australian golfer.

Scott and New Zealander Williams worked together for more than three years, their crowning achievement coming with victory at the 2013 Masters, before they parted company in September.