Golfers share a unique relationship with their caddy
AUGUSTA, GA (CBS46) -
We are so familiar with some of golf's biggest names: Masters champion Adam Scott, former champs Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, to name a few. Some of the names we're not as familiar with are on the course with the players at the Masters, and their job is just as important.
There is one constant between players - and that's when talking about their caddy and mutual respect. Some of the caddies have more experience at The Masters than the golfers, and that can have a huge impact.
They are the men walking the Augusta National Golf Course in white with a golfer's name on their back. While carrying the bag and handing a player a club may be the most visible part of their job, the relationship between a golfer and their caddy goes way deeper says Jim Furyk.
"There's weeks I'm going to spend a lot more time with my caddy than I am my wife," Furyk said.
Phil Mickelson calls picking a caddy the biggest decision next to whom you decide to marry.
"It's more than pulling the clubs, carrying the bag, getting yardages, reading greens. It's a real relationship with a man I respect and love and I've been so lucky to have him," Mickelson said.
He and Bones have been together for 22 years.
A good caddy knows the course, is aware of obstacles and has a shot strategy. At times they're there for moral support.
"He recognizes when I'm frustrated, maybe not focused enough and tries to guide me along the right path," Russell Henley said.
Henley said he and caddy Adam Smith are super honest with each other.
"There's a lot of times I would've picked a different club and just because he knows the course better than me, he's helped me with that," Henley said.
Stewart Cink paired with caddy Matt Hall about a year and a half ago.
"Some guys change a lot, some guys never change, and you just get to know the caddies' personalities. When you need to make a caddy change, you kind of know what's available, the caddy grapevine," Cink said.
Masters rookie Harris English will have experience on his bag during the tournament.
"This is his 16th Masters, I think, so he has a lot of experience. I'm going to be leaning on him a lot this week to help control my emotions and settle me down a little bit," English said.
Roberto Castro and his caddy share in each other's success.
"We've come up the ranks together so it's a big accomplishment and a big milestone to be here together," Castro said.
At the end of the day it's a golfer and their caddy who determine what shots to hit and how far their luck will go. This isn't just business, these are friends and partners. It's a unique relationship for an individual sport, and because of it, the player is never really quite alone.
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