Tag Archives: Joe LaCava

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
15
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Everyone is intrigued and some are appalled by Robert Trent Jones Jr’s major design — that is, Chambers Bay — in University Place, Washington, which is about an hour south of Seattle. The course is a relative unknown or absolute unknown to just about everyone, with the exception of the U.S. Amateur being played here in 2010, but since then, it’s had time to grow in and mature, so it’s not really the same track.

Chambers Bay is different, interesting, unique, long, brown, hilly — or “inventive,” as Jordan Spieth dubbed.

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Feb
6
2014
Kuchar's caddie Lance Bennett points toward their target
The caddies on the PGA Tour are joining forces to improve their working conditions and week-to-week treatment, and most important, they’re looking to secure healthcare and retirement benefits. More than 100 loopers — 92 of which as of this week have officially paid their yearly dues of $500 each, along with a one-time $100 initiation fee — have organized to form the Association of Professional Tour Caddies (APTC), which was established following several meetings last fall.

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Jun
15
2012
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

View of the 18th green

So, all the work I did in the last two hours was just lost. FML. Somehow it didn’t auto-save and when I hit “publish,” I discovered I had been signed out and my draft hadn’t been saved. Awesome. I don’t think I’ve felt that pit in my stomach since college. I mean, c’mon, technology!

Well, I guess I’ll redo it later, but bed for now. Here are the tee times for Saturday:

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Apr
6
2012
By Brendan Prunty under The Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Before the camera clicks on and the light at the top of it comes to life, the co-leader of The Masters has one request: A few more seconds. Please, just a few more seconds. It’s been a long day and a long hour after a five-hour round around these hills and slopes. Having been granted his request, Fred Couples — tucked between a molting pine tree and an empty television interview area — begins to go through his usual pre-everything routine.

First, he groans.

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Mar
26
2012

"F-yeah!"

Who else has a Bay Hill hangover? I do. Combine that with heavy turbulence in the last 30 minutes of a flight from MCO to EWR, along with the crazy cab ride (if you think NYC cabbies are bad, I suggest an experience with one in Newark. Glad I took an extra barf bag with me!/end rant), and you can imagine how I feel. Well, now that I’ve voiced my god-awful complaints because you all asked, I’ll move on to the actual point. Don’t think I can’t hear those massive violins you’re playing softly in the corner.

While Tiger Woods was presented with the trophy for winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational by a commanding five shots and being fitted for his seventh Blue Jacket on the 18th green at Bay Hill, we cornered his veteran and highly-respected caddie, Joe LaCava, in a media scrum next to the scoring trailer.

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Mar
25
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I'm back...to winning, suckers!

Wow, I’m still overwhelmed by the chaos, emotions and mind-blowing events of the day. Would you expect anything less, though? Of course not! After all, Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour event since the sex scandal that led to his rapid fall from grace, which were triggered by his minor car accident in the wee hours the day after Thanksgiving in 2009.

Woods captured his seventh victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and his 72nd on the PGA Tour — he now only needs one more to tie Jack Nicklaus for second in all-time victories.

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Dec
14
2011

I love you, man!

While I was caught off guard in April when news broke that Dustin Johnson and Bobby Brown had parted ways, I wasn’t shocked to hear DJ has rehired his former longtime caddie, Brown, after splitting seven months ago (hey, every relationship needs breathing space at some point).

In the original report back in April, Dustin described the split as a “break” and that’s exactly what it’s turned out to be.

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Nov
6
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Freddie: Not so fast, Stevie!

While the players in Shanghai took a tepid approach to commenting on Steve Williams’ remark about former boss Tiger Woods — “It was my aim to shove it right up that black arsehole” — it was refreshing to hear U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples speak out. According to Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte, Couples would sack his caddie for saying such a thing:

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Oct
14
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

I got you, man.

Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples watched the fourth or sixth (who can keep track?) comeback of Tiger Woods at the Frys.com Open and then spoke frequently with his former looper of 20-plus years, Joe LaCava, who made his debut on Tiger’s bag last week. Couples, who is playing in this week’s AT&T Championship, the final full-field event of the year on the Champions Tour, talked to the Statesman.com’s Kevin Robbins and defended his decision to use his first captain’s pick on Woods.

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