The wife of veteran caddie Lance Bennett, Angela, died suddenly on Wednesday, according to multiple sources. Lance has been the longtime caddie for Matt Kuchar, who is heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked no. 4 in the FedExCup standings.
Angela suffered from epilepsy and endured a seizure on Tuesday. She was resuscitated by her father before she was taken to the hospital, where she passed away the following morning.
In a statement released by Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports, Bennett said:
“This is a very difficult time for our family, but we appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the caddies, players and entire golf community.”
Added Kuchar in a statement: “Sybi (Kuchar’s wife), the boys and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to Lance and (Bennett’s 4-year-old daughter) Emma Grace during this devastating time. Angela was a cherished friend, a wonderful wife and a loving mother who made a major impact on all who were lucky enough to know her, and she will be greatly missed.”
There is certainly much support for Lance, one of the most well-liked guys on Tour. Caddies at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship have ordered 100 black hats to hand out to players and caddies to wear during Friday’s first round as part of a tribute to Angela.
Two of Lance’s fellow caddies, James Edmondson (who loops for Ryan Palmer) and Jon Yarbrough (who works for Scott Stallings) pulled out of the tournament and stayed and/or flew back to Dallas to look after their friend in his time of sorrow.
Another caddie designed a t-shirt and is selling them on teespring.com to support Lance. You can buy one here.
My heart goes out to Lance and his family — I can’t imagine dealing with such a terrible and shocking tragedy. Lance is one of the good guys and one of the few who have stood up for me out on Tour.
It was actually two years ago here at the Deutsche Bank Championship during a practice round. I was trying to enter the practice green when an overzealous marshal told me I wasn’t allowed, despite my credential clearly showing that I was indeed permitted. Lance, who can’t really yell, spoke as loudly as he could, telling the marshal to take his hands off of me, not to touch me and informing him that I was, in fact, OK to be in that area. A few other caddies observing did the same and when I thanked Lance, he just shook his head and said he hated to see stuff like that happen (to women) and how his wife had to deal with similar uncomfortable situations.
That gesture meant the world to me because believe it or not, there are few and far between who have spoken up for me like that.
Our most sincere thoughts and condolences go out to Lance and his family.
*Previous version of this article questioned Kuchar for playing this week. Upon speaking to sources, it was discussed between Lance and Matt, and Lance wanted him to play, as would have Angela. Apologies to all parties on this sensitive issue.