Pernilla Lindberg and Daniel Taylor hear wedding bells ringing

Pernilla Lindberg and Daniel Taylor may have split on the golf course but they’re headed for an intimate New Zealand wedding

Pernilla Lindberg has lost her caddie but she’s gaining a husband at the end of the month.

Lindberg’s fiancé, Daniel Taylor, who has also served as her caddie since 2012, will be looping for Ariya Jutanugarn this season.

I can only imagine what kinds of stressors the caddie-player relationship involve. It’s probably something akin to getting mid-round swing advice from your son, a situation I have found to be somewhat stressful!

I can easily see how those stressors could get magnified if the player and caddie were also managing an ongoing off-course relationship.

Lindberg explained the complexity of her off-course relationship with Taylor to Golf Channel’s Randall Mell this way:

As a couple, it’s tough sometimes being a caddie and a player. It’s a lot of time to spend together.

Roy Clarke, a veteran Irish caddie who has worked for Sherri Steinhauer, Sandra Gal and Se Ri Pak, and is, conveniently, a close friend of the bridegroom, will be carrying Lindberg’s bag this season.

Certainly, judging by the photo Lindberg posted to her Instagram account, their player-caddie split doesn’t seem to have had a negative effect on their off-course relationship. To the contrary, they’re the model of a relaxed celebrity couple enjoying the red carpet treatment at the Swedish Sports Award Show.

Lindberg was one of three Swedish athletes nominated for the the Achievement of the Year award. She didn’t win, but she and Taylor enjoyed their quick trip home and their night of celebrity treatment.

Now it’s off to New Zealand for their wedding and a quick honeymoon before they get started on the 2018 season.

Will she miss having Taylor on her bag? Probably, but Pernilla Lindberg seems to have the foresight to make a move that ensures work-life balance.

. . . it’s easy as long as I’m playing well. Through the hard times, it’s tough. The player and caddie connection is stressful and emotional, and you add extra emotion being a couple. At the end of last season, we felt it was best for our relationship to have a little break again.

Maybe she’ll post some wedding pictures for all of us to enjoy!

We’ll see how the new on-course arrangements are working out when Pernille Lindberg tees it up at the Vic Open on February 7.

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