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: March 3, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 3:31 pm

Stanley bides his time, rides the wind

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- It took 5 1/2 hours for Kyle Stanley to play the opening round of the Honda Classic on Thursday.

The interminable pain and suffering was worth it.

Stanley, a rookie from Clemson, was in the final group of the morning wave, but kept his head down -- not to mention his drives -- and finished with a 2-under 68. He was one of five players  in the morning to break parr.

"I felt like I controlled my golf ball out there," said Stanley, a Q-school graduate. "It was slow, but you could expect that with how windy it was. This course is tough with no wind."

Stanley, who hasn't missed a cut in five starts this year, finished a career-best T13 last week at the PGA Tour's opposite event outside Cancun. He began experimenting with a low driver shot and used it again with great success in the 30 mph winds at Honda.

"It's a tee ball that goes about head high," he said.

Heady plan.

By the time he and his playing partners reached the 18th hole Thursday, the wind was so strong, spray from fountains located in a greenside pond coould be felt on the putting green, which is located about 100 yards downwind.
Category: Golf
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