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Tiger Woods' caddie 'optimistic' Woods will play PGA Championship

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Joe LaCava is preparing for the PGA Championship. (Getty Images)
Joe LaCava is preparing for the PGA Championship. (Getty Images)

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Tiger Woods hasn't left his home in Florida for the PGA Championship yet (as far as we know) but his caddie Joe LaCava is still setting up shop at Valhalla for the tournament.

"I'm optimistic," LaCava said. "I'm hoping he plays. So I'm just doing whatever work I would normally do."

I'm dubious that Tiger can (or should) compete at the tournament but as LaCava said, he's not one for taking advice from others.

"He's tough," LaCava said. "Tough and stubborn would be two good words."

He also talked about when he knew Woods was in trouble at the Bridgestone Invitational after hitting an awful, awkward shot on the second hole.

"I knew he was hurting when he fatted the one on 3, which he never does," LaCava said. "He never fats them like that."

Rory McIlroy weighed in, too, offering the sentiments of pretty much everyone.

"Obviously, I feel bad for him," McIlroy said. "The game of golf really needs Tiger. He's had a few withdrawals the past couple of years. I think the first thing is just to get fit and 100 percent healthy, even if that means taking the year off and coming back next year ready to play golf."

GIF via Adam Sarson.

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