Caddie applies for Rory's bag; 'Rory' gives conditions

By Grill Room TeamAugust 15, 2017, 4:49 pm

Rory McIlroy may not play competitively until 2018, which gives him plenty of time to sort through the innumerable applications he’s received to carry his bag, currently held by best friend Harry Diamond.

PGA Tour pro Joel Dahmen’s caddie, Geno Bonnalie, tweeted out interest and credentials, and cc’d McIlroy. Dahmen has made six of 15 cuts this season and has one top-10 finish. Bonnalie might seem like an underdog, but he makes some compelling points. The tweet text is a little difficult to read (click here to do so), so we transcribed for you:

Mr. Mcilroy

I would like to formally apply for the position of being your full time caddie. I currently work for Tour Pro Joel Dahmen and have been with him for 3 years. I’ve helped lead Joel to a solo 68th finish at the Reno-Tahoe open, T80 MDF in Puerto Rico, and also helped him make 4 consecutive birdies in the Sanderson Farms Championship. Please don’t think I’m sneaking around behind Joel’s back trying to get another job. I think Joel himself may also be applying for the position.

If you hire me it wouldn’t be awkward at all because we already know each other. We played in front of you on Saturday at the Travelers and during the wait on 4 tee box I asked you if you wanted a water (which you politely declined). So we’re pretty much best friends already.

Things that I excel at as a caddie

-I’m really good with numbers … especially at elevation. What? You want me to take 2% off of 157 yards … BAM. 154. (do you want decimal points? I know you’re good but Joel and I usually work in whole yards.)
-I’m ALWAYS on time. In fact, I’m always way early. I’m typing this on my way to Wyndham where I am 3 hours early at the airport.
-I am an EXCELLENT bunker raker. In fact, I would say I’m one of the best in the world. if they had bunker raking contests on tour, I would lead in every possible statistic.
-once upon a time I was one of the best Archers in the world (as a youth). so I have a weird ability to know exactly how far you are from the pin just by looking at it (inside 70 yards). So if I don’t step anything off, and tell you it’s 58 yards … it’s 58 yards.
-During practice rounds I like making bets on various shots. Joel and I have a running $5 bet on any give shot, and then give odds with the degree of difficulty. I’ve made an extra $370 this year betting on 3 footers. It’s a nice little supplemental income

Things I request from you as a player:

-If we both read a putt to go left and it doesn’t go left. Please don’t yell at me. It’s not like I was trying to sabotage you.
-If we agree on a club, then you chunk the sh** out of it and yell are me for “giving you a bad club” I’ll probably eat it and say “sorry pro”, but please know that in my head I will be thinking something about how you should hit a better shot.
-if it’s our first time playing a course, and you hit one 175 yards off line and immediately ask me “what’s over there” odds are I have no idea.

My shortcomings as a caddie:

-if you make me keep our playing partners score, I sometimes lose track of what they made on a hole because I’m so focused on what we’re doing (see what I did there? Turned a negative in to a positive)
-I’m not sure if I’m any good at tending the pin. In the 3 years I’ve been caddying, I’ve never once tended one. Joel just has me pull it. he says if he can’t see the hole, what are the chances of making it anyway. he kind of knows where it’s at.

Anyway you probably have a lot of follow up questions you’d like to ask me. Go ahead and have your agent get a hold of my agent and I’m sure we can figure something out. 

Are any of those attributes McIlroy would desire in a caddie? Thanks to this solid dub from Golf Central Daily, we now know exactly what “Rory” wants.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people


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Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade


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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm