WOBURN, England – David Poitevent, caddie to Korean Olympic qualifier Amy Yang, suffered what family and friends termed a “serious” heart attack Monday night while visiting friends in Indianapolis.
Jeff King, a long-time friend to Poitevent and a fellow caddie, is spearheading a support effort among tour caddies.
“His family says he had a really good day yesterday, he’s talking and he was able to walk,” King told GolfChannel.com Wednesday in a telephone interview.
King, who is Derek Ernst’s regular caddie on the PGA Tour and also caddied for Sung Hyun Park in her tie for third at the U.S. Women’s Open three weeks ago, has set up a Give Forward page to help Poitevent with medical costs. King said he was planning to fly out Wednesday night to see Poitevent at the Indianapolis hospital where Poitevent is being treated.
Poitevent is registered as Yang’s caddie for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in three weeks, but King said it’s unlikely Poitevent would be able to caddie there.
Poitevent was off this week, with Yang not playing the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Yang took this week off as part of her preparation for the Olympics.
Jeremy Young, who is caddying for Hee Young Park at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, spoke to Poitevent by telephone on Wednesday morning. The news has jarred fellow LPGA caddies at Woburn Golf Club.
“The LPGA is family, a very tight group, players and caddies,” Young said. “The news was shocking to hear, and we’re all very concerned about David. We’re all thinking about him, LPGA and PGA Tour caddies.”