Wednesday December 24th

Janni is my new caddie

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Wednesday December 24th

Janni is my new caddie

I have ended my partnership with caddie Dan Quinn. Janni Basson, the South African who carried the bag for Robert-Jan Derksen for seven years, has become my new caddy.

I have ended my partnership with caddie Dan Quinn. Janni Basson, the South African who carried the bag for Robert-Jan Derksen for seven years, has become my new caddy.

Janni Basson will carry my bag at the Dubai Desert Classic, my first tournament in 2015. I'm very pleased with Janni, whom I have known for many years. Janni is both very ambitious and hard working. I know him well because I've met him many times over the years during practice rounds, when he was caddying for Robert-Jan. I also saw how skilled and experienced Janni was with Robert-Jan in China during the World Cup. He's a very pleasant person to be around; he's a cheerful guy. You have to click with someone if you're going to spend so much time with each other. I'm certain that will be the case with Janni.

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Unfortunately there was not enough of a connection with Dan, the caddie I began working with in May of 2014. I had a good time with Dan, the highpoint being the win in the Wales Open, but we had too many differences of opinion. Out on the course, we often saw things differently, and we also disagreed when it came to coaching. That kind of situation is bound to fail, and you both have to decide to go your separate ways.

I discussed at length my decision to work with Janni Basson with Robert-Jan Derksen. Robert-Jan was very positive about Janni, and he confirmed my impression of him. When I go to Dubai the week before the Desert Classic to train, Janni will accompany me so he can learn my style of play. I'm really looking forward to collaborating with him. But of course first we have Christmas, New Year's Eve, and a few weeks of vacation!

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Joost Luiten is a four time winner on the European Tour. In 2015 he will play all Majors and World Golf Championships, and will mainly play on the PGA Tour. READ MORE ABOUT JOOST LUITEN

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