Will Zalatoris hits the road with the pack for three years ahead of a weekend in Wyndham

Will Zalatoris has broken away from the enclosure he had for most of his young career.

Zalatoris and caddy Ryan Goble parted ways after Friday’s second round of the Wyndham Championship, GolfChannel.com confirmed with Zalatoris manager after the news was first reported by the Caddy Network.

Zalatoris coach Josh Gregory rides through the weekend at Sedgefield Country Club, which Zalatoris started in a tie for 39 before firing 66 seconds in a row on Saturday to move into the 15th stake.

After his third round, Zalatores addressed the split as “the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my golf career” and attributed the sudden decision to a “turbulent month” on the golf course – Zalatores missed the Scottish Open by going to a T-28 at The Open and T-20 at Rocket Mortgage Classic – this is starting to affect their personal relationship.

“I know guys say that when they break up, but it really was,” Zalatores said. “We were guys like to have dinner together and hang out, and what was going on on the course started bleeding off the track, which isn’t what you want. He’s an incredible friend, I love him to death and I said I had to do what was best for me. …obviously, You can tell how difficult this decision was for me, especially its timing, but I think it was just something unhealthy for both of us and obviously painful.”

The decision ends a partnership that began just over three years ago, before Zalatoris was a full-time member of the Korn Ferry Tour. Zalatoris on Monday qualified for the Savannah Golf Championship earlier that year and added a couple of top-10 players to earn more starts, though Zalatoris was still looking for a more enduring Bagman and Goble was a longtime target. Goble finally agreed to make his debut in the Lecom Health Challenge in July 2019, after which Zalatoris achieved his best result of the year, T-3, one shot from a playoff.

Goble remained in the bag, and Zalatoris ended up getting his card for the following season, famously dominating KFT’s post-pandemic hiatus before playing and earning his PGA Tour ticket the hard way, through non-member points, for the 2021-22 season. It also captured this year’s Rookie of the Tour award in 2020-21.

Full field scores of starring Wyndham

Zalatoris is ranked 14th in the official world golf rankings, and while he has yet to win the PGA Tour, he does hold six of the top 10 titles in the majors, including three contestants (2021 Masters, 2022 PGA and 2022 US Open) – All with Goble, who before Zalatoris had the bag of tour professionals like John Merrick, Spencer Levin, Michael Thompson and KH Lee, on the bag.

As Gregory stepped in this weekend, Zalatores revealed he’ll be getting Joel Stock’s bag in the playoffs and beyond. The most notable stock was in a Ben Crane case and most recently in a Cameron Triangle bag.

He also said that he is not ruling it out in the future.

“We kind of sensed it a little bit and, you know, nothing is permanent,” Zalatores said. “It’s just the thing, like I said, he’s a brother. I love him to death. … He’s basically been my best friend for the past three years. It’s been my only bag I’ve ever had on any sanctioned tour, on the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour, And so, like I said, it’s the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my football career and I had to do what I think was best going forward.”

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