I tell you — it’s not easy to keep up with the Caddie-Merry-Go-Round the last several weeks. One second this player has hired that caddie and then the next that caddie decides to go to another player. You see, wasn’t that confusing?
After Craig Connelly, aka “Wee Man,” was sacked by Martin Kaymer, he accepted a job with Francesco Molinari, who fired his looper Jorge Gamarra the same week. But then Paul Casey let go of Luke Donald’s brother Christian and offered the position to Connelly. Just a few days after agreeing to caddie for Molinari, Connelly showed up at Wentworth as Casey’s man.
This will be the third time that Connelly and Casey have worked together.
‘Unfinished business,’ Casey called their first reunion, according to the Daily Mail’s Derek Lawrenson.
Molinari seemed blindsided by the last-minute caddie reshuffling. He tweeted earlier int he week, “Wow I didn’t see that coming.. Change of plans on the caddie, welcome Jason Hempleman to the team.”
Hempleman fired former boss Colin Montgomerie to take Molinari’s bag.
Lawrenson also reports that Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen parted company with Zach Rasego. Last July before Oosthuizen captured the Open at St. Andrews, Rasego was informed he’d be let go at the week’s end. The pair had missed three cuts in a row leading up to the Open.
South African looper Mike Kerr, formerly Nick Dougherty’s looper, was supposed to replace Rasego, but then Oosthuizen won the Claret Jug and it’s never advised to fire the caddie after winning a major. It’s my understanding that ISM decided Kerr would be a good fit to work for Ernie Els when the ’10 season ended.
Oh, by the way, Molinari and Casey are paired together, along with Ian Poulter, for the first two rounds at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Though everyone is a professional and caddies switch bosses fairly often, it may have been a tad awkward with Connelly committing to Molinari, and then a few days later, showing up with Casey’s bag. Even if they say it wasn’t uncomfortable and business as usual, which I’m sure it was, the draw is morbidly humorous. Only thing that would have made it better is if Kaymer had rounded out the threesome.
No word yet if Christian Donald has found a new bag. I’m sure I’ll hear back from my sources soon. Good news for Chris is there are plenty of good players who are searching, including Kaymer, Adam Scott (who temporarily has Mick Doran looping for him), Colin Montgomerie and Sean O’Hair, among others. Like I said, it’s tough to keep track. I’m going to have to make an Excel spreadsheet and perhaps a Venn diagram.