Ko told TVNZ it was sad to stop with Wilson because he had been a great coach and friend, but she and her family had decided it would be too difficult to continue the coaching arrangement because she would now be based in the US. “It doesn’t really work; him being here and him coming on the weeks that I’m not playing a tournament means I’ll only see him like 10 times a year, and to me that kind of situation didn’t work out,” Ko said. It was an unwelcome early Christmas present for Wilson, who first started working with Ko when her clubs were taller than her, but such are the realities of professional golf. Ko will nowlink with American-based Sean Hogan at David Leadbetter’s academy and, according to one former Kiwi pro, it was inevitable the 16-year-old would eventually branch out. “I don’t think it was ever going to last,” said John Lister, who played 12 seasons on the PGA Tour. “There’s nobody who sticks with their coach – apart from Jason Day who has had his coach his whole life. Traditionally, coaches don’t last with players.” While that may be true, the split does seem premature.