Joe LaCava Will Caddy For Patrick Cantlay While Tiger Woods Rehabs

Tiger Woods 2020 U.S. Open Practice at Winged Foot
Tiger Woods talks with caddie Joe LaCava during a practice round prior to the 120th U.S. Open Championship on September 16, 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods‘ longtime caddie, Joe LaCava, will be carrying Patrick Cantlay‘s bag for the foreseeable future, starting with this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

According to ESPN, Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, the move was approved by the 15-time major winner.

“Joe called Tiger to ask him and get his approval,” said Steinberg. “Of course, Tiger gave it. Tiger and Joe are like brothers, tremendous friends.

“You shouldn’t read anything more in to that other than Joe wants to caddie. He loves it. It’s his passion. He’s great at it and one of the best.”

Woods, 47, announced in April that he’d undergone surgery to repair his right ankle, caused by injuries incurred during a February 2021 car accident.

Tiger Woods The 2022 OPEN Championship
Tiger Woods and caddie Joe LeCava make their way towards the 4th tee during a practice round prior to The 150th Open at St Andrews Old Course on July 11, 2022 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How via Getty Images)

Since returning from the accident in 2022, Woods has made just five starts over parts of two seasons, with a T45 his best result. With the latest medical setback, he is expected to miss the rest of 2023 season and possibly parts of 2024.

LaCava was hired by Woods in 2011 after he fired longtime caddie Steve Williams for working with Adam Scott. Before partnering with Woods, LaCava was the caddie for a young, up and coming Dustin Johnson. The split from Johnson, after only months on the job, caused controversy at the time, with DJ’s team calling out Woods for “not calling Dustin” before hiring LaCava.

“The thing that bothered me the most was TW (Tiger Woods) not calling Dustin and asking if he could talk to Joe,” said Johnson’s swing coach Butch Harmon, who used to work with Woods.

“That’s the way it’s done. I’m a little disappointed with the way Tiger handled it. But I’m not surprised.”

Tiger Woods Wins The Masters
Tiger Woods celebrates with caddie Joe LaCava after winning the Masters at Augusta National GC on Apr 14, 2019 in Augusta, GA. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

LaCava was on the bag for Woods’ comeback in 2012 and 2013 when the pair racked up eight wins, and again for another comeback attempt in 2018 and 2019, highlighted by wins at the 2018 Tour Championship and 2019 Masters.

LaCava replaces Matt Minister, Cantlay’s caddie since 2017.



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