Roy Lang Shreveport Times Published 8:15 PM EDT Jun 17, 2019 For decades the relationships between elite-level golfers and their caddies have been filled with mystery, intrigue and legendary stories (some of which are true). Thanks to technology and a focus on reporting every aspect of golf, many of player-caddie secrets have been revealed. In fact, it’s become one of the most interesting and volatile dynamics in sports. “Caddies have more golf experience – many are former professional or college golfers,” said Scott Gneiser, who has been on the bag for 12 of David Toms’ 13 PGA Tour victories, including the 2001 PGA Championship. “In the past, a lot of the caddies were club caddies who transitioned to Tour caddies. I could shoot in the mid-70s and I was one of the best on Tour when I started in 1989. Now, they’re breaking 70.” More: Cancellation of local AJGA event doesn't faze family that traveled from Thailand More: PBJ brings … [Read more...] about Technology helps unlock formerly secretive player-caddie dynamic
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By February 16, 2019 Matt Kuchar waves after making his birdie putt on the 12th green during the third round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Matt Kuchar could have avoided a lot of damage by keeping his wallet open and his mouth closed. Like many of golf’s entitled multimillionaires, though, he simply didn’t have a clue. Not when he paid his temporary caddie $5,000 while picking up the winner’s check of $1.296 million a few months ago in Mexico. Certainly not when Kuchar defended his miserly ways by suggesting local caddie David Ortiz should be grateful for the crumbs he threw his way. “For a guy who makes $200 a day, a $5,000 week is a really big week,” Kuchar told golf.com. It is, perhaps, when looked at from the perspective of a guy who carries the bags of tourists for a living. It is, perhaps, until you consider that most PGA Tour caddies not only get expenses but … [Read more...] about Column: Stiffing your caddie is never a good look
Eamon Lynch Golfweek Published 10:58 AM EST Feb 18, 2019 PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — What are you worth when you show up for work tomorrow? In monetary terms, the answer is usually pretty straightforward for most of us: We're worth whatever someone is willing to pay us, whether that's $5,000 or $50,000. Alert readers will note the "usually" and the "willing." The debacle surrounding Matt Kuchar's pay dispute with David "El Tucan" Ortiz has ignited plenty of commentary on the values of Kuchar, but not so much on the value of caddies. Part-Sherpa, part-psychologist, their contributions are often intangible. Caddies occupy a decidedly gray area not easily measured in dollars. "For starters, you're carrying the bag. They ain't gotta carry their clubs," said Mike "Fluff" Cowan, one of the few celebrity members of the caddie corps on the PGA Tour. "It's a second set of eyes, it's a second opinion. You're not always right. If we were right every single time, we'd want a lot … [Read more...] about Matt Kuchar drama: What is a caddie really worth?
The photograph, Matt Kuchar says, sits in his office and “always” will. In the image is Kuchar on his right knee posing with the trophy he won at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico, his first victory in four years. Kneeling to Kuchar’s right, holding the flag from the 18th green, is David Giral Ortiz, the local caddie who worked for Kuchar as a one-week replacement for his regular looper, John Wood, and whom Kuchar called his “lucky charm” that week. Both men are wearing big smiles to signify the momentous event. Neither is smiling today. Not with the story of Kuchar paying Ortiz only $5,000 of the $1.296 million check he won that week — a sum that Ortiz has publicly described as unfair and insulting — having generated more publicity than Kuchar’s win did at the time. This story took on a life of its own when Golf.com recently quoted Ortiz as saying: “I am not looking to disparage Matt or give him a bad name. Fair is fair, and I … [Read more...] about Agent who bungled Tiger’s sex-scandal response now botching Matt Kuchar mess
“Golf was not a game for ghettos. Neither did it leave any time for carrying picket signs, joining demonstrations or running for office. Charlie birdied, not talked, his way through society prejudice. He broke barriers by breaking par. His weapon was a nine-iron, not a microphone.” – Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray. Charlie Luther Sifford was a pioneer who helped dismantle the “Caucasian-only clause” and opened the game of golf to generations of Black golfers. A Legend Begins Sifford was born on June 2, 1922 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the son of a factory worker. As a youth, he worked as a caddie at the Carolina Country Club in Charlotte. He earned 60 cents per day and gave 50 cents to his mother to help out with household expenses (he used the remaining dime to purchase cigars, his trademark over his career). While working as a caddie, he was given tips and guidance by a local white pro named Clayton Heafner. As a teenager, he became … [Read more...] about Before The Great Tiger Woods, There was Golf Pioneer Charlie Sifford