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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Nick Fontenot Special to the Advertiser Published 9:59 PM EDT Mar 20, 2019 When the Chitimacha Louisiana Open tees off Thursday morning, the tee sheet will include a new, yet, familiar name. Matt Gilchrest will make his first start on the Web.com Tour, but Le Triomphe is a home course of sorts. Gilchrest and his family lived in Lafayette when he was a kid and just learning the game. After his school days at St. Pius were done, Gilchrest said he began to hone his skills on the very course he will play on this weekend. MORE: Web.com Tour announces five-year extension with Chitimacha Louisiana Open “I am grateful to be back here for my first start,” Gilchrest said. “I’m a conditional member, so If I play well, I can earn a full season out here. For it to be where I have a lot of history to get the ball rolling, incredible is an under statement.” Gilchrest lived in Lafayette from ages 9 to 12 and even volunteered for the Louisiana Open in 2007. He … [Read more...] about Chitimacha Louisiana Open: Matt Gilchrest comes full circle
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?
I have a friend who sees things in an odd way. His son had just failed introductory college French as a mandatory language requirement. But my friend had a logical explanation: “He doesn’t know French.” That’s what has happened to MLB by MLB. If players, managers, GMs and analytics savants last season all wore “Kick Me” sandwich boards, what ails baseball couldn’t have been more clear. For the first time, batters had more strikeouts than hits. The average per team was 1,374 strikeouts to 1,367 hits. The reasons were plain; ya couldn’t miss ’em. 1) Regardless of the count and game circumstances, batters tried to hit home runs. 2) Batters batted directly into defensive shifts. So the question, as spring training opens, becomes: What will MLB teams do about this? Will they drill to hit the other way or to drop down fairly easy bunt singles to defeat or at least combat the shift? Will they drill to shorten swings on two-strike pitches … [Read more...] about Baseball is following NBA into fundamental-less nightmare