Category Archives: Caddies

Aug
3
2017

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Rory McIlroy confirmed he had parted ways with his caddie of nine years JP Fitzgerald at his pre-tourney presser on Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The reason provided by the world no. 4 was basically the golfer-caddie version of the breakup line, “It’s not you, it’s me.” But…it actually is you, too. Hey, a relationship always involves at least two people. However, it was Rory’s most honest, diplomatic explanation.

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Aug
1
2017

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There were murmurs on Sunday during the Canadian Open that Rory McIlroy had split with his caddie of nine years J.P. Fitzgerald. Well, at least one Tour player had already learned of the news before teeing off in the final round. This relative unknown player shared the information with those in his group, which completely caught them off-guard. At first they thought it was a joke, so the player had to clarify that he was serious.

Rule no. 1: Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. I’ve been around long enough to know that rumors fly around the Tour more than any other group of people I’ve ever encountered (and that says quite a bit, to be honest). The kind of BS that spreads doesn’t surprise me anymore, but it did when I first started covering the Tour (which feels like a lifetime ago now). Anyway, of course there is often some truth or even truth to things you “hear.” I feel like I have a decent amount of experience at this point to smell out what’s worth pursuing and what’s not. A lot of the time it’s just dumb gossip that you wouldn’t repeat because, well, it’s stupid. There are various factors to this super mathematical equation I’ve developed — 1) the source; and 2) the information.

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Jun
14
2017

In this episode, Craig “The Wee Man” Connelly chats with Steph and Nikki about how he became a caddy, pranks and camaraderie between caddies on tour, what it’s like being on the bag for Martin Kaymer, and his thoughts on the infamous US Open fescue. Jump to the 4:30 mark if you don’t want to hear Steph and Nikki blubber about how much they enjoyed chatting with The Wee Man. Grab a glass of wine or cold beer, sit back, and enjoy the Scottish lad’s hilarious quips and stories.

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Nov
12
2015

Two of the most respected caddies in the business Jim “Bones” Mackay and John Wood will put aside their regular jobs for two days at Sea Island Golf Club. Mackay, who is the longtime caddie for Phil Mickelson, and Wood, who just switched bags to Matt Kuchar after looping for Hunter Mahan for nine years, will serve as on-course reporters during Golf Channel’s telecast of the second and third rounds of next week’s RSM Classic.

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Nov
11
2015

Steve Williams has been embroiled in controversy ever since the publishers of the most famous caddie in golf released excerpts to promote his autobiography, “Out of the Rough.” Of all the paragraphs that could have helped to sell books, naturally, the suits are going to utilize the most controversial ones.

Well, that turned out to be the case when Williams likened working for Tiger Woods as feeling like he was being treated as a “slave.” Obviously, that one word in that one particular sentence out of an entire book created a global sh*tstorm.

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Feb
6
2015

On Tuesday a group of more than 80 caddies filed a class-action federal lawsuit against the PGA Tour, seeking compensation for being forced to wear bibs that are plastered with sponsored logos and serving as “human billboards.” Later that day, Commissioner Tim FInchem addressed the media and spoke about the issue. Then, during the Tour’s annual Player Meeting at Torrey Pines, the site of this week’s Farmers Insurance Open, he addressed the topic briefly.

Well, apparently, some of the comments made by Finchem and other Tour officials have been misleading and/or untrue. The lead attorney for the caddies, Gene Egdorf responded in a letter on Thursday that was distributed to PGA Tour pros, which stressed “the lawsuit filed by the caddies is NOT about or against the players nor does it involve your money.”

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Feb
3
2015
Kevin Na's longtime caddie Kenny Harms is one of the lead complainants in the suit

Kevin Na’s longtime caddie Kenny Harms is one of the lead complainants in the suit

More than 80 professional golf caddies have filed a class-action federal lawsuit in Northern California against the PGA Tour, seeking compensation for being forced to wear bibs emblazoned with sponsored logos. The caddies allege that the Tour is earning $50 million a year from the sponsors while they receive nothing in return for serving as “human billboards.” 

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Nov
7
2014
Weeman gets his special moment

Weeman gets his special moment

It’s tradition at the HSBC Champions for the annual Caddie Awards to occur at a banquet the night before the competition begins. The most coveted trophy, of course, is “Caddie of the Year.” Martin Kaymer’s looper, Craig Connelly, was crowned as this year’s winner.

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Nov
4
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Caddies
Big shoes to fill!

Big shoes to fill!

With Stevie Williams’ announcing his semi-retirement following the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, Adam Scott is in search for a new full-time caddie. While it will be difficult to replace Williams, who worked with Scott for 3.5 years, Scott certainly has no shortage of applicants to choose from.

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