(Reuters) - Australian world number three Adam Scott has hired a new caddie to replace the semi-retired Steve Williams after trying out several bagmen in recent months.
Scott announced on Monday that Zimbabwean Mike Kerr, who has previously worked for Ernie Els, Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez, would take over as his permanent caddie next year.
"I'm delighted that Mike has accepted my offer and I am confident that he will be a valuable member of my team for 2015 and beyond," Scott, 34, said in a statement.
Scott settled on Kerr after using the Zimbabwean at the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship earlier this month.
Kerr, who grew up in South Africa where he competed at amateur level alongside leading players such as Tim Clark and Rory Sabattini, has long been a friend of Scott's and most recently worked for Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen.
Scott tried out two other caddies at events in Asia in October and November after Williams said that he did not want to continue full-time as a caddie, a situation that was not acceptable to the Australian golfer.
Scott and New Zealander Williams worked together for more than three years, their crowning achievement coming with victory at the 2013 Masters, before they parted company in September.
Williams worked for 14-time major winner Tiger Woods during the peak years of the American's career.
Scott earlier this year spent 11 weeks as world number one before being deposed by Rory McIlroy.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)