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  1. Phil McGleno

    Kuchar Pays Caddie $3K, Says Tom Gillis

    Matt Kuchar denies charge he paid local caddie just $3K during win Social media was abuzz Saturday evening on the subject of Matt Kuchar, but the man himself has noted there is nothing to see here. Tom Gillis, a former PGA Tour player and current PGA Tour Champion… I am surprised that nobody has talked about this yet.
  2. I didn't include an "I don't know" in the choices in the poll above because that's the only answer any of us should choose. Hell, even Tiger and Joe himself don't necessarily know if he's the best choice - Tiger just uses the available information to arrive at a decision. But I've been thinking for awhile now that LaCava may not be the best for him. Stevie Williams was, of course, Tiger's caddie for 13 of 14 majors. He split off from Tiger not too long after the Thanksgiving night stuff in 2009. One of Stevie's best qualities, IMO, was that he didn't take shit from Tiger, and he'd step up and let himself be heard when he had something to say. He made Tiger hit a 60° wedge instead of (IIRC) a 56° wedge on the 18th at Torrey Pines in 2008, going so far as to say something like "I know how much this means to you, and if you don't hit the shot you want, fire me on the spot, but I feel that strongly it's a 60 here." The recent Tiger Woods biography pointed out that LaCava stood by and did virtually nothing while Tiger was walking around and surveying his options and ultimately dropped in the wrong spot on the 13th hole at Augusta in 2013. In fact, I've almost never seen Joey LaCava step in and talk to Tiger when the situation may warrant it - to cool Tiger down when he's running hot, to get him to focus when he's getting sloppy, etc. Williams could be seen doing these things - and more - all the time. He'd engage. He'd put his opinion out there. He'd tell Tiger - again this is documented in the book - to get his head on straight and to pay attention, or whatever. Joe just seems to be a bag carrier. Maybe that's what Tiger wants. Maybe he has lost some of his drive and passion and just wants to be a happier, less focused guy on the course. Maybe he doesn't want to have a guy getting in his face demanding something during his rounds. I don't know. None of us do. But the poll intentionally only has "yes" or "no" as possible answers. So vote. I voted "no." I think Tiger needs a more forceful, direct, in-your-face type of caddie. I think he needs to be challenged more, I think he needs to be held in check more, and I think he needs someone who can slap him around a little bit when he starts to get off track.
  3. Zach Johnson's caddie Damon Green 'shocked' by split Damon Green had been Zach Johnson's caddie since 2003, and the duo won two majors and nine other PGA Tour events. There is talk that perhaps Damon hasn't taken care of himself as well as he should, and he's had to drop out of a few tournaments mid-round or mid-event in the past year. Dehydration, etc.
  4. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/jason-day-gets-personal-when-explaining-why-he-had-to-drop-colin-swatton-as-his-caddie To preserve the most important relationship in his golfing life, Jason Day had to cut loose the man who made that life possible. “I never wanted it to turn into a toxic relationship where he’s taken me from where I am as a 12-year-old kid to where I am today, and I’m not talking to him anymore,” Day said Wednesday in explaining why he has replaced Colin Swatton, his swing coach and his only caddie since he turned professional, on his bag starting at this week’s BMW Championship. “I was worried if I kept it going, it was going to head that way, and I love him too much to have him not in my life because of how special he is to me.” While Swatton will remain Day’s swing coach, his departure from his star pupil’s bag might be the most surprising in a year that hadn’t already seen Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy split with their longtime sidekicks.
  5. Kind of an other spin on the Big 4, Big 6 - but with a twist. If you could caddie for any PGA tour player, not just for one round or event but to be that guys regular looper - who would you pick? I'd take Jordan Spieth - sure he has a temper, but he has game, seems like a sure way to bank a great paycheck and you could potentially have the job for 15 -20 years, maybe more.
  6. Steve Williams was very mad about having Adam Scott hit from a bad lie in an "unraked" fairway bunker. I would not want to be that guy. Did Steve ever find the bunker raking slouch? I agree with Adam Scott's caddie, this should not happen. They are professionals - right?
  7. I once caddied with Mike Smith As a 14-year-old, Mike Smith got assigned to caddie for Jack Nicklaus in the 1971 Ryder Cup at Old Warson CC. Now, some 45 years later, Mike is capping his career in golf as caddie master for the club that just hosted another major tournament, the U.S. Senior Amateur. Mike had various other golf industry stops before returning to Warson in 1993. Mike still caddies sometimes. During the just-completed Senior Amateur, he caddied for Randal Lewis who shot a 3-under 68 in the first stroke-play round. Here's the USGA story on Mike: Veteran Caddie Mike was there when I caddied at Old Warson from 1968-74. I was starting college when he was starting high school. Unlike Mike, I missed the September-slated Ryder Cup because I had transferred that fall from junior college to University of Missouri. But, I had gotten a taste of the big-time the previous June when I served as fore-caddie for a National Golf Day exhibition match in which Jack Nicklaus edged English star Tony Jacklin. Of note, both Mike and I played on the Meramec Community College golf team, although several years apart. And, Mike developed into a much better player than me. Mike and I first reconnected in 2009 when I volunteered for the U.S. Women's Amateur at Old Warson.
  8. http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golf-central-blog/williams-rips-woods-excerpt-new-book/ Uhm…? The first bit of the second paragraph I quoted is pretty damn funny, if you ask me… It harkens back to his comments about how good a front-runner "he" (or "we") was after Adam Scott won a WGC. Good ol' Stevie… never one to under-state his importance.
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