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Scott brings on new caddie, Ko reaches No. 2

Former World No. 1 Adam Scott hired a new caddie heading into 2015.

Scott, now 3rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, worked with Mike Kerr to record Top 5 finishes in late 2014 on the PGA Tour of Austrasia.

Kerr, a veteran caddie, worked most recently for Thorbjorn Olesen. He sent time on the bag of Lee Westwood, World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Scott had previously worked with former Tiger Woods looper Stevie Williams until his retirement from the game.

Scott won the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Texas in 2014.

Rory McIlroy will finish 2014 calendar year as No. 1 — reaching 60 total career weeks at the top spot.

Other Golf news:

  • Steve Stricker, a 12-time champion on the PGA Tour, is recovering from out-patient back surgery during the holiday season. He is expected to miss about two months of action.
  • Brittany Lincicome and Lexi Thompson led the LPGA Tour in Driving Distance in 2014 averaging more than 271 yards off the tee. Lexi won multiple tournaments in the season including the Kraft Nabisco Championship, while Lincicome challenged to win a few times late in the season before falling short.
  • Lydia Ko, coming off a banner 2014 season, moved ahead of Stacy Lewis into the No. 2 slot of the Rolex Rankings just behind top-ranked Inbee Park. Ko ended up the season 5th in Scoring Average on tour and inside the Top 10 in Greens In Regulation. She capped the year with a victory at the CMG Group Tour Championship to win the Race to CME Globe.
  • Canada’s Brooke Henderson, the top-ranked amateur in women’s golf at age 17, is turning professional. She posted a Top 10 at the U.S. Women’s Open and made the cut in all four major championships in 2014. Although the LPGA Tour declined her Q-School request, Henderson will be granted the opportunity to accept up to six sponsor’s exemptions on the LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour. She is also expected to play events on the Ladies European Tour and pro tours in Canada.
  • Suzann Pettersen finished inside the Top 10 in Driving Distance and Scoring Average. She was the LPGA Tour’s best in Greens In Regulation percentage at 77 percent. Pettersen did not win in 2014. She is currently No. 4 in the Rolex Ranking.