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: December 1, 2010 5:08 pm

Waldman might soon bag his day job

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Not sure this cliche completely applies, but at the rate Brett Waldman is going, he can soon quit his day job.

Waldman, a caddie for PGA Tour star Camilo Villegas who entered tour Qualifying School as something akin to a lark, shot a 3-under 68 in the first of six rounds at Orange County National on Wednesday.

Waldman, who is one of nine players in the 166-man field who survived three stages of qualifying just to make the finals, had a wild round, to say the least, on the resort's Panther Lakes course. He had three birdies, a double-bogey and eagles on the 10th and 18th holes, both par-5s.

As it stands, he's tied for seventh place in the 108-hole event, which ends Monday. The top 25 players get cards on the PGA Tour in 2011 and the rest are ensured status on the Nationwide circuit.

Stanford product Joe Bramlett, seeking to become the first African-American to earn his card at Q-school in 25 years, is tied for second after an opening 67. Former Clemson star Kyle Stanley leads by two shots after opening with a 65 under breezy, cool conditions. 
Category: Golf
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