Category: Joe LaCava


February 03, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Phoenix Open

Posted at 12:58 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_quote1. "It was just so friggin' slow. We played just over three hours and nine holes, and three of them are par threes. It's like, come on, you know. I started losing my patience a little bit."

--Tiger Woods on the slow pace of play in his final round Monday at Farmer Insurance Open

 

Garrigus_quote2. “I ate at the golf course with my wife and my son, the guy drove us to the private airport, took off at 1:10, flew to the Phoenix airport, got in my car, drove home, unpacked kind of, like chucked my suitcases in the closet, sat down, turned the TV on and Tiger is on 17. And I was like, ‘Wow, is he pissed right now.’”

--Robert Garrigus on playing in the Farmers Insurance Open in the morning and arriving in Phoenix before it ended

 

Vijay_quote3. “I’m guessing that Vijay Singh doesn’t know the product has been called out by the PGA Tour specifically.”

--Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein on the magazine’s story about how Singh had used deer-antler spray, which contains a substance banned by the PGA Tour.

 

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4. “You have to be careful about what you take. I try not to take anything now, really, other than Corona and vodka.''

--Lee Westwood on Vijay Singh’s deer antler spray

 

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5. “As much as we spend all our time trying to be consistent, it's the inconsistent wins that are probably the most important thing.”

--Padraig Harrington at the Phoenix Open

 

 

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6. “There's a big barrier, a Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 and 60.”

--Phil Mickelson after his putt for 59 just lipped out in first round of the Phoenix Open

 

 

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7. “Obviously the golf gods giveth and they taketh away, so there you have it.”

-- Jim "Bones" Mackay, Mickelson’s caddie, on the missed putt for 59

 

 

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8. “Golf needs a younger and more athletic image, and Nike has always had that. I'm young enough. I'm not sure I'm athletic enough. But I'll try!"

--Rory McIlroy on his endorsement deal with Nike

 

 

Sergio_quote9. “Unfortunately, we started making birdies and eagles, and I thought, ‘Well, what do we do now?’”

 --Sergio Garcia on making four birdies and an eagle on the front nine when he was considering withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Classic with a sore shoulder

 

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10. "I tried to get him to play."

-- Caddie Joe LaCava on his boss Tiger Woods not playing the Northern Trust Open at Riviera this year

February 09, 2012

Caddie says Tiger Woods is pain-free and ready to play

Posted at 8:48 AM by Stephanie Wei

Lacava_337PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- In Tuesday’s press conference, Tiger Woods was seemingly in good spirits and relaxed as he fielded questions for 30-plus minutes. Asked if Woods was as happy as he seemed, caddie Joe LaCava, who is still on a high after his Giants won the Super Bowl, attributed Woods’s current demeanor to his clean bill of health.

“When you feel good for the first time in a long time, you're obviously going to be happy and feel good about yourself, so I think that's part of it, that he's feeling good and not in any pain,” said LaCava, who was heading out Wednesday to finish mapping some holes on Pebble Beach. "I think that translates into being happy, and so does playing well.”

Perhaps Tiger's positive state of mind has something to do with the people around him these days.

“I think we get along great,” said LaCava, who compared Woods to his longtime boss, Fred Couples. “We talk sports all the time, kind of like Fred. He's a 15-year-younger version of Fred. He loves sports, and that's what we talk about most of the time.”

(Photo: Eric Risberg/AP)

September 26, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Butch Harmon raps Woods for caddie hire

Posted at 2:17 PM by Mick Rouse

Butch Harmon criticized his former student Tiger Woods for hiring caddie Joe LaCava away from Dustin Johnson. Harmon, who is now Johnson's swing coach and had recommended that Johnson hire LaCava, said Woods should have asked Johnson's permission to speak with LaCava about the job, which has been vacant since Woods fired his longtime caddie Steve Williams in July. On Sunday, Harmon told Sky Sports he was "shocked" by the move.

"The thing that bothered me the most was T.W. not calling Dustin and asking if he could talk to Joe. That's the way it's done. I'm a little disappointed with the way Tiger handled it. But I'm not surprised."

But Tiger’s camp has a different version of the story, stating that LaCava reached out to them. LaCava corroborated this story on Woods's website.

“I contacted Tiger and Mark [Steinberg] 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.”

According to Lawrence Donegan of The Guardian UK, the Johnson-LaCava partnership wasn't a perfect fit.

This comes as no surprise to those close to LaCava, who was apparently telling friends at last month's US PGA Championship in Atlanta he had quickly become disillusioned with life on the fairways with Johnson. The caddie is a well-rounded individual, an old-school type who found it hard to come to terms with his young employer's free-wheeling style on and off the course. In short, they were a bad match.

Pace-of-play woes at Solheim Cup
While this year’s Solheim Cup might go down as the most exciting edition of the biennial event, very few people wanted it to go on any longer. The prescribed pace of play was an extremely generous 5 hours and 20 minutes. On Day One alone, three out of four afternoon matches exceeded that timeframe. John Huggan of Golf Digest Woman has the details:

“It wasn't pretty but it was definitely ponderous. A huge factor in the slowness being the much-criticized need of so many players to have their caddies line them up for both full shots and putts. It is surely time for that time-consuming and often-pointless practice to be outlawed.”

Obama and Clinton tee it up
President Obama and former President Bill Clinton played golf at Joint Base Andrews golf course in Maryland on Saturday. According to USA Today's David Jackson, Obama said that he and Clinton discussed various strategies for creating jobs as they played.

During a speech last night to the Congressional Black Caucus, Obama said he and Clinton talked about creating jobs, as well as Republican opposition to higher taxes on the wealthy to finance a new jobs plan.

"They say it kills jobs -- oh, that's going to kill jobs," Obama said. "We're not proposing anything other than returning to the tax rates for the wealthiest Americans that existed under Bill Clinton."

"I played golf with Bill Clinton today," Obama said. "I was asking him, how did that go? Well, it turns out we had a lot of jobs. The well-to-do, they did even better. So did the middle class. We lifted millions out of poverty.

In a written statement, the White House said Obama and Clinton played for about four hours and were joined by Clinton’s longtime aide Doug Band and White House Chief of Staff William Daley. No scores were disclosed.

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September 25, 2011

Tiger Woods hires Joe LaCava as new caddie

Posted at 7:16 PM by Golf.com

Woods Tiger Woods has a new caddie.

Woods has hired veteran Joe LaCava, who had been working for Dustin Johnson, one of the most talented young Americans on the PGA Tour. Before going with Johnson earlier this season, LaCava worked for Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples for more than 20 years. (At right, Woods and LaCava, who was caddying for Fred Couples  in a practice round at the 2010 Masters.)

The move was first reported Sunday by Butch Harmon on Sky Sports TV and was confirmed by wire reports. Harmon is Johnson's swing coach, and he previously worked for Woods for more than 10 years.

The move is a bit of a surprise given Johnson's age (27) and ability (five wins in the last four seasons). Meanwhile, Woods is still trying to recover from a shocking sex scandal, knee injuries and swing changes. Woods's last win came at the Australian Masters in November 2009.

LaCava, however, will now be caddying for a 14-time major champion, and he could be a witness to history. Woods is five majors from breaking Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major wins.

Steve Williams was on Woods's bag for 12 years and 13 of those 14 major wins, and they were best men in each other's weddings, but in July Woods fired Williams, saying it was "time for a change." Williams was then hired by Adam Scott.

Woods's next scheduled event is the Frys.com Open, which starts Oct. 6 in San Martin, Calif.

(Photo: Fred Vuich/SI)

May 26, 2011

Dustin Johnson hires Joe LaCava as his full-time caddie

Posted at 8:29 AM by David Dusek

IRVING, Texas — Dustin Johnson announced Wednesday, after his pro-am round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, that he had hired longtime Fred Couples looper Joe LaCava as his new full-time caddie. The pair worked together at the Players Championship on a trial basis two weeks ago but made it official this week at TPC Four Seasons.

"I look forward to a long relationship with Joe," Johnson said. "It was important I found somebody you feel comfortable with because you can spend eight or nine hours with them in a day."

LaCava had worked with Couples for two decades and has also spent time on the bag of Davis Love III.

"I'm very excited to work with Dustin," LaCava said Wednesday afternoon. "Of course I will have to work a little harder because Fred could never practice."

Johnson parted ways with former caddie Bobby Brown in April after a couple of incidents, including giving Johnson the wrong tee time this year at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, which led to a two-stroke penalty. Johnson was also penalized for grounding his club when he didn't realize he was in a bunker on the final hole of last year's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. That also led to a two-shot penalty that cost Johnson a spot in a playoff.

Johnson said he has yet to speak with Couples about the switch but hopes to in the future. Couples withdrew from the Senior PGA Championship earlier this week.

"You know Fred is always moving around and traveling, but I would like to speak with him," Johnson said.

— Art Stricklin





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