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Tiger Woods' longtime caddie has found a new bag, signaling the end of an era in golf

Tyler Lauletta   

Tiger Woods' longtime caddie has found a new bag, signaling the end of an era in golf
  • Tiger Woods' longtime caddie Joe LaCava has found a new bag.
  • LaCava is now looping for Patrick Cantlay, currently ranked No. 4 in the world.

One of the most influential duos in the last decade of golf is breaking up.

Caddie Joe LaCava, who has carried the bag of Tiger Woods since 2011, is taking up a new job, looping with No. 4 in the world Patrick Cantlay.

According to Todd Lewis of Golf Channel, the change is for "the foreseeable future."

Woods and LaCava won 11 events together, including Woods' miraculous victory at Augusta National at the 2019 Masters.

Through their time together, LaCava has stood by for Woods as he recovered from several sugeries and injuries, never taking on another player's bag full-time despite undoubtedly having opportunities.

In 2018, LaCava expressed his feelings towards Tiger, and why it was worth it to stick with him through thick and thin.

"If I could live another 100 years I'd wait another 100 years. I was never going to not work for Tiger as long as he was going to have me," LaCava said. "I just wanted to work for him and no one else. I think that helped a little bit, knowing that he had a friend that thought that much of him as a person and his game."

But Woods' remaining tournaments are limited, as he once again had surgery after withdrawing from the Masters` during a rain-soaked third round.

LaCava, 59, still has some time left to keep on carrying a top bag in the sport, and received Tiger's blessing to do so.

"Tiger's not going to play much going forwards," LaCava said, per PGATour.com. "Obviously he's not retiring. But he's going to play two to six tournaments a year. Tiger and I have talked about if something were to come up, feel free to do something. 'I know how much you miss it, how much you love caddying.' And when this opportunity arose, I checked with Tiger. And he said, 'You're crazy not to take the job, go forward, go win some tournaments, go have a great time.'"

Cantlay and LaCava already had an established relationship, with LaCava on Cantlay's bag at The Northern Trust in 2021, where the duo finished T11.

Now it appears the partnership will look to grow on that finish, with this week's Wells Fargo Championship their first tournament together on a permanent basis.


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