Australian Invasion of PGA Tour

Posted by Mark on January 12th, 2010

This article was just published in Australian Golf Digest as Show up, Shut up, and Keep up - A Veteran Caddy’s take on Tour Life. The article definitely looks better in the magazine, they added some great pictures and made my writing look good. 

Aussie Players and Caddies on the PGA Tour

In 1988, my first year on the PGA Tour, there was a handful of Australian golfers on the tour. Norman was dominating, “Elkie” was an up and comer, Wayne Grady was steady, Ian Baker-Finch could find fairways back then, and David Graham showed up occasionally. They were all great players, Greg had Steve Williams on the bag, the rest of the crew used American loopers.

Changes In The Caddie World

Posted by Mark on January 11th, 2010

Changes in the Caddie World

The boys are out in Hawaii playing golf and I’m back here scraping windows, picking dog poop out of the snow, and adjusting the thermostat on a regular basis. It doesn’t seem right but that’s the nature of the business at the moment. After talking with a bunch of my caddy buddies last week, it seems like there are a lot of folks in the same boat. According to a couple of informal surveys conducted last year on the Champions Tour almost half the players were using friends or family members, MCI caddies we call them. In fact, I just got a call from Peter Jacobsen last night confirming he had a buddy working for him in Florida.

Tour Caddies Get Cink’s Caddy Real Good

Posted by Mark on December 28th, 2009

Dec. 22, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Frank Williams, the caddie for British Open champion Stewart Cink, went from celebrating a major victory to stewing about it — at least until he realized he was the victim of a prank within the caddie ranks.

For whatever reason, Williams has never liked going to the British Open, and he was going to try to sit this one out. Before getting Cink’s permission, he checked on the availability of longtime looper Dave Musgrove, who told Williams he didn’t have work for the week but would be at Turnberry to watch and could fill in if necessary.

Stupid Golf Stuff

Posted by Mark on December 11th, 2009


Caddy Shack - Gunga Galunga 

Check out this video. Local Milwaukee group, Punch Goliath, did a song using great lines from Caddy Shack. I think the song is called Gunga Gulunga. Every Caddy Shack fan should have a copy. May have to copy and paste the link, I’m a neophyte at this stuff.






Looping for a Legend - One More Time

Posted by Mark on October 21st, 2009

I was supposed to work for Willie Wood at the Nationwide Tour’s event in Chattanooga, Tenn., but he withdrew so he could watch his son’s last golf tournament of the year. Standing on the Black Creek CC practice tee late Wednesday morning unemployed, my chances for a job were waning, and I was hoping to line up something for the next week. My phone rang; I didn’t recognize the number, but for some reason I decided to answer.

“Hello, Mark, this is Tom Watson. Can you work for me next week in Houston? Ox can’t make it.”

Caddie Firing and the Kid’s Coming Out

Posted by Mark on September 3rd, 2009

It happens. Caddies and players disband often for a variety of reasons, usually because things aren’t going well and there has been little success. Time to make a change and we’re the only expendable component in the mixture. Maybe there was a tremendous screw-up; late for a tee time, too many clubs in the bag, hangover on the first tee, etc. A veteran caddy with years of service (i.e. Fluff and Furyk last week) can survive isolated problems, but none of us can overcome blood ties.

Feherty’s Not Alone On The PGA Tour

Posted by Mark on August 6th, 2009

If Tiger did do it and blamed it on Stevie it wouldn’t be the first time. If Tiger didn’t do it and Stevie dropped the bomb that wouldn’t be the first time either. Farting in the fairways, or on the practice tee, maybe a tee box, or anywhere inside the ropes is a favorite pastime among players and caddies. It has never been safe to walk behind Steve in the fairway, and I’m surprised those boom mikes haven’t picked up the passing gas more often. The seven-second delay isn’t available and the mike techs are instructed to place that furry extension directly behind the caddies behind, luckily they are only there for the shot and not transfixed throughout the round.

Tiger And Stevie - How Did They Start?

Posted by admin on March 29th, 2009

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Ten years ago at Doral Stevie was working for Raymond Floyd. Rumors were flying on telecaddy, “Fluff was on his way out, Tiger’s looking for a new caddy.” Caddies don’t solicite Tiger’s bag, he comes looking for you. Nobody knew if the chatter was true, but we’d all give our left one to work for Tiger. Steve Williams and Raymond had been together for quite awhile, and were doing quite well on the Senior Tour back then. Why would Tiger want a Senior Tour caddy?

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