February 19, 2001 |
Bob Low sat in the shotgun seat for a ride into history Sunday. Well, at the time of Joe Durant's putt that sent Durant to a record-low 36 shots below par, Low was seated on a rock about 15 yards away. But for most of the day, Low was right by Durant's side, toting his clubs, checking the yardage, making suggestions for the critical "right number" of iron selection. That's the fate of a caddie. Their names never get recorded next to the winners.
August 6, 2001 |
Miles Byrne is looking for work after breaking the most basic caddie rule of all. Two weeks after costing Ian Woosnam a two-stroke penalty in the British Open when he failed to count the Welsh player's clubs, Byrne was fired Sunday after oversleeping and missing Woosnam's tee time in the Scandinavian Masters. "You know what the circumstances are going to be this time," Woosnam said. "I gave him a chance. He had one warning. That was it." Woosnam teed off on schedule at 7:15 a.m.
May 31, 1992 |
As the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, Mitch Voges was automatically invited to play in the prestigious Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga., last month. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and since he was playing the lush Augusta National course with its tricky greens for the first time, he was told he should hire a caddie with local knowledge. Voges, though, had his own priorities, and chose to bring his own caddie, his 13-year-old son, Christian.
May 4, 2004 |
At 14, Michelle Wie has already drawn comparisons to Tiger Woods, but she may seem even closer to him this week when Woods' former caddie Mike "Fluff" Cowan carries her bag during an LPGA event in Virginia. Cowan caddies regularly for U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk but is available because a wrist injury has kept Furyk sidelined since January. Cowan was hired Saturday by Wie's father, B.J. Wie, and will work with her when she plays the LPGA's Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsville in Williamsburg, Va.
August 13, 1998 |
Among the great golf questions of our age are such timeless treasures as "Ben who?" and "Do you have the keys to the courtesy car?" and "What is it from that sprinkler head?" If you bring caddies into the equation, there can be a whole lot of questions, many of them shading toward the negative, as in assessing blame. "Who goofed?"
August 13, 1998 |
MISCELLANY * Approximate number of caddies used per year on the PGA Tour: 300 (Some golfers use different caddies at different events). * How the average PGA Tour caddie earns money: On Thursday and Friday of each tournament, caddies earn a standard wage, usually $500. If the player makes the cut, his caddies get 5% of the winnings. A top 10 finish earns 7% and a win gets the caddie 10%. WORDS TO LIVE BY The caddies' 10 commandments (completely unofficial, of course): 1.