Carl Jackson and Ben Crenshaw at Augusta National. (Getty Images)
Carl Jackson and Ben Crenshaw at Augusta National. (Getty Images)

Ben Crenshaw is a two-time Masters winner who will be playing for the last time at Augusta National this year. That's not how his caddie Carl Jackson sees him, though.

Crenshaw was profiled recently in the Augusta Chronicle. It included this rich story about the longtime friendship between him and Jackson. It extends beyond the golf course.

"When colon cancer struck Jackson in March 2000, forcing him to miss the Masters the next month (and the only one he has missed since starting in 1961), he thought he’d never caddie again. His doctor told him of a new procedure developed in South Africa that might save him. The cost of the operation was prohibitive, though.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to be the one that leaves my family in a lot of debt. If I’m that sick, let me go.’ ” Jackson said. “I had sort of given up. I thought I was a goner.”

Crenshaw was soon on the phone with Jackson at the doctor’s office.

“I said, ‘Carl, I don’t know what we’ve got to do to make you well, but you tell them I said do it. Whatever it takes, they can call me.’ ” Crenshaw said. “I wanted to offer him some sort of solace so he could ease his mind.”

Jackson broke down in tears after he hung up the phone.

“It was probably the first time I cried since I was a baby,” he said. “It was showing, ‘Hey, somebody cares.’ ”

Pretty awesome stuff between player and caddie there.

Jackson first caddied as a 14-year-old in the 1961 Masters. This will be his 39th (and last) edition with Crenshaw.

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