Last Sunday, Tiger Woods announced that he has hired Joe LaCava as his new caddie, leaving Dustin Johnson searching for a replacement.
“Mark and I were approached by a lot of people, including Joe, who expressed an interest in becoming my caddie,” Woods said. “This was an important decision, and I wanted to think about it carefully. Also, out of deference for the FedExCup Playoffs, I decided to wait until they were concluding to have substantive talks. We then spoke to Joe and came to an agreement.”
Joe LaCava, long time caddy for Freddie Couples, started roping for Dustin Johnson over the summer, due to Couples reduced playing schedule for health reasons.
“Joe is an outstanding caddie, and I have known him for many years. I’ve personally seen the great job he did for Freddie. I’m anxious for us to be working together.”
LaCava’s first tournament will be the Frys.com Open, Oct. 6-9.
“I’m excited to be working with Tiger,” LaCava said. “I contacted Tiger and Mark because this is a unique opportunity to be part of something very special. Tiger and I have been friends for a very long time, and I know what he can do.
“I want to thank Dustin for the opportunity to work with him, and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Woods called Johnson after LaCava first told Johnson personally he would be working for Woods. Woods also spoke to Couples to alert him of the decision.
Until a permanent candidate is chosen, Keith Sbarbaro, vice president of his club makers TaylorMade, will carry Johnson’s bag for the rest of the year.
I don’t know about you guys, but I think LaCava made a huge mistake. It’s pretty apparent that Tiger Woods is not in any winning condition and many feel like he will never again win a Major Championship. Not to mention, He’s been win-less for the past two years…
Why would you leave a player who’s heating up to go to a player on the back burner? Especially a player who is in “change” mode? Seems a pretty precarious position to be in, especially when you’ve got two kids to support on the homefront.