Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:33 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 6:07 pm

Not just clubs in the bag, but cash, too

By Steve Elling

MARANA, Ariz. -- Hey, sometimes, failure can be its own reward.

Bill Haas, the winner in thrilling fashion last weekend at Riviera in Los Angeles, uses big brother Jay Jr., as his caddie. Jay, named after their PGA Tour-playing father, took a shot at Qualifying School last fall but washed out in the first stage.

Now he's back on his little brother's bag, as he was when Bill won the FedEx Cup finale in Atlanta last year. By the way, winning caddies typically earn 10 percent of their boss' purse, which means Jay Jr. has pocketed about $250,000 for his brother's two victories over the last few months.

"I actually asked him last week, 'Are you glad you're here, or would you rather be in a mini-tour event somewhere," Bill said Tuesday.

Kyle Stanley's caddie, Brett Waldman, is another strong player who made it to the Q-school finals in 2010 and spent last year on the Nationwide Tour, where he got his teeth kicked in. Asked Tuesday how much money he made, he smiled and cracked, "I don't know. Not enough. That's why I'm here."

Waldman made a shade over $6,000 in a full season on the Nationwide, which surely didn;t cover his expenses, and pocketed over $100,000 when Stanley won in Phoenix three weeks ago.
Category: Golf
Posted on: July 26, 2011 4:53 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 9:36 am

Potential Woods caddies throw us for a loop

ORLANDO, Fla. -- If you've ever been to the U.K., this bit isn't exactly news.

If there's a ball or bat involved, you can place a wager on it. Now that Tiger Woods needs a caddie, you can add "bag" to the list, too.

That's right, if you are dumb enough, you can put your hard-earned bucks down on a new betting line set to identify Woods' new looper, assuming he ever comes back and plays. Here's the line as set by Paddy Power, an Ireland-based gambling house.

Notes and pithy asides are mine.

Line / Player  / Comment

2/1  Paul Tesori -- Once showed up at Presidents Cup match with "Tiger Who" stitched on cap. Deeply religious. Has great gig with Webb Simpson. Sorry, don't envision this happening.

7/2  Colin Byrne -- Worked for players including Retief Goosen and Edoardo Molinari. Has authored books about his years on tour and is one of the brightest caddies in the game. Sorry, don't see Tee-Dub hiring a guy who knows how to write memoirs, either.

6/1  Tony Navarro -- Fired by Adam Scott. This would be funny, since Scott has hired ex-Woods bagman Steve Williams. But Navarro is working for Angel Cabrera, and that's a pretty easy gig.

7/1  Byron Bell -- Doesn't ring a bell (no pun intended)? That's because he's not a caddie, his name is actually Bryon Bell, and he has been pals with Woods since junior high in SoCal. Bell caddied for Woods as a one-off at Disney a few years ago. Bell runs the course-design business for Woods. So, in other words, he has plenty of spare time and Tiger wouldn't have to pay him.

7/1  Ricci Roberts -- I love Ricci Roberts, who has looped off and on several times for Ernie Els. But Roberts is a conservative, hard-line South African, so I just don't see this as a good fit.

8/1  Fanny Sunesson -- Seems like the biggest reach of them all to me. First, Fanny is trying to transition into coaching (she has a PGA Tour credential as an instructor) and away from caddying. Secondly, Woods is likely steering clear of Swedish women toting irons.

8/1  John Wood -- Great guy in general, but a San Francisco Giants fan. Woods is a Dodgers man. Plus, both of them answer to the nickname "Woody." Sounds chaotic. Caddies for Hunter Mahan currently.

9/1  Terry McNamara -- Caddied for Annika Sorenstam during her glory years and lives near Orlando. Could make more in a week with Woods than he will all season on the LPGA. T-Mac knows the game.

10/1  Billy Foster -- If Foster leaves his current gig with Lee Westwood, a decent man with a good heart, then he's a clown. And he's not.

16/1  Brett Waldman -- Former caddie for Ben Crane and Camilo Villegas, he got his card on the Nationwide Tour last year at Q-school and elected to chase the dream. So far, he's been getting killed. You have to figure he'd bail on playing for the chance to drag bag for Woods.

20/1  J.P. Fitzgerald -- Caddied for Els and presently has the best gig in golf -- as looper for Rory McIlroy, who is 13 years younger than Woods and twice as good at the moment.  If Fitzgerald bails on the Rory gig, it will be the biggest mistake of his life.

20/1  Joe LaCava -- Worked for Fred Couples for years, and moved to Dustin Johnson two months ago. LaCava is a funny guy who likes to talk. I think that would make Woods nervous.

20/1  Mick Doran -- Has caddied for Justin Rose, Trevor Immelman and Villegas, so he's certainly been around a wide variety of personalities. Seems plausible.
Category: Golf
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