May
17
2011
All Aboard the Caddie Carousel: Adam, Camilo, Francesco, Etc.
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Adam Scott parts ways with longtime looper Tony Navarro

Maybe it’s that time of the month or something’s in the water, but there have been an awful lot of player/caddie splits lately. Martin Kaymer won’t be the only pro with a different looper on his bag this week. Add Adam Scott, Camilo Villegas, Francesco Molinari and Boo Weekley to the conversation, among others.

“I’ve seen purges before, but nothing like this,” said a longtime PGA Tour looper who currently works for a top-25 player.

Adam Scott has called it quits with Tony Navarro, one of the more high-profile caddies on the PGA Tour. Navarro has worked for Scott since 2004, and before that, he looped for Greg Norman.

After missing his fifth cut of the season at The Players, Camilo Villegas let go of Mick Doran, who replaced Brett Waldman at the beginning of the year after Waldman earned his Nationwide Tour card. Doran will take Navarro’s place on Scott’s bag this week at Colonial. It’s unclear whether this is a permanent move or not, but obviously Doran hopes it is.

Meanwhile, Brennan Little, whom Sean O’Hair fired several weeks ago, will now work for Camilo, starting at Colonial.

After missing three consecutive cuts, including last month’s Masters, Francesco Molinari has parted company with Jorge Gamarra. The Italian golfer tweeted:

After 5&1/2 years with Jorge my caddie I thought it was time for a change. New chapter starts next week, Jorge was great for all this time.

3 wins with him on the bag and a LOT of great/funny memories….

Jeffrey Paul will caddie for Molinari for the next two weeks and then “will see after that,” according to Molinari’s Twitter.

Good friends Boo Weekley and Joe Pyland have also split. Sources say Pyland, who has worked for Weekley since 2006 on the Nationwide Tour, made the decision.

Dustin Johnson’s former looper Bobby Brown has replaced David Rawls on rookie Kyle Stanley’s bag this week.

Speaking of DJ, how are his caddie auditions going? DJ had the legendary Joe LaCava, Fred Couples’ caddie of 20-plus years, on loan at last week’s Players Championship. According to a source familiar with the situation, the job has been offered permanently to LaCava, who has a tough decision to make. “That would be very hard for him to actually leave Fred,” says a good friend of LaCava’s. (Wow, that just sounded like a quote out of US Magazine about a rumored celebrity split.)

In my opinion, Couples should make LaCava’s decision a bit easier and give him the green light to work for DJ. Fred isn’t even playing a regular Champions Tour schedule these days, and as a close friend, he would want the best for Joe. Right?

Well, the good news for caddies is that with all the shuffling happening, there are quite a few great players looking so it shouldn’t be too long before they land a decent bag.

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America)