Best all-time caddie nicknames

By Jason CrookJune 30, 2013, 3:00 pm

From Bubba Watson's caddie drama last week at Travelers to Jessica Korda giving her caddie the boot mid-round Saturday at the U.S. Women's Open, the loopers to the stars are front and the center of attention in golf right now.

There's no better time to take a stroll down memory lane at some of the all-time best nicknames on the PGA Tour belonging to the stars’ better halves.

Jim “Bones” MacKayPhil Mickelson’s go-to guy on the bag for over 15 years. Lefty and Bones have been through all the highs and lows as a team, including all four of Phil’s major championship victories, and all of his major championship near misses. Fred Couples unintentionally dubbed MacKay “Bones” when he couldn’t remember his name and was trying to get the tall, skinny kid's attention during his first year as a caddie.


Jim Furyk

Mike “Fluff” Cowan – Has worked with Jim Furyk since 1999 and Tiger Woods for three years before that. Fellow caddies gave him the nickname Fluff for his resemblance to former pro golfer and broadcaster Steve Melnyk, who was also know by that name. Although one could argue the name fits his ever-present white mustache perfectly.


Steve Duplantis

Steve 'Asbestos' Duplantis – Respected as one of the best caddies during his time on Tour working with big names such as Jim Furyk, Rich Beem and Tommy Armour III. As much as he was respected on the course he was known more for his nightlife exploits off it. He earned the name “Asbestos” because others joked that he was fireproof – as in, he couldn’t be fired – even though he was constantly late, due in large part to his partying the night before. Duplantis died tragically in 2008 when he stepped off a curb in front of an oncoming taxi.


Ron Levin

Ron “Bambi” Levin – Caddied for legends such as Jack Nicklaus and up-and-comers like Anthony Kim. Also was on the bag for Todd Hamilton’s improbable playoff victory over Ernie Els at the 2004 British Open. (I have a feeling The Big Easy got over that loss recently.) Levin was christened “Bambi” early on in his career, looking like a babe in the woods, as a 17-year-old first-time caddie.


Carl Jackson

Carl “Skillet” Jackson – Ordained in Augusta National lore, the legendary looper has caddied 51 Masters, and has been on Ben Crenshaw’s bag for the tournament since 1976, helping him win the green jacket twice, in 1984 and 1995. He earned the nickname “Skillet” as a kid since as a joke others said he couldn’t throw a baseball hard enough to break an egg. He beat colon cancer in 2000, (only time he has missed The Masters since 1961) and claims to be the first black guest to play Augusta in 1988.


Lance Ten Broeck

“Last Call” Lance Ten Broeck – Has caddied for several notable players such as Robert Allenby and Jesper Parnevik, and has been known to caddie and play in the same tournament. The nickname is pretty self explanatory and he apparently has no problem living up to it. At the 2009 Valero Texas Open he played and caddied in the same tournament, beating his boss Parnevik by two strokes, (although they both missed the cut) preparing for the tournament with eight happy-hour special orders of a 22-ounce beer and a jug of saki for $6.50.


Sqeaky Medlin

Jeff “Squeeky” Medlen – Famously played a large role during John Daly's 1991 PGA Championship victory, caddying for an alternate who had never seen the course. Also carried Nick Price's bag to victory in two PGA Championships and a British Open. The man who's nickname derived from his high-pitched voice unfortunately passed away in 1997 after a battle with chronic myelogenus leukemia.


Steve Hale

Steven “Pepsi” Hale – Was on Keegan Bradley’s bag when he burst onto the scene in 2011, winning a major in his first try at the PGA Championship. The name “Pepsi” was born on the Nationwide Tour where he started the habit of placing cans of his favorite soda around the course before a round so he could pick them up as his group went through later in the day, simply because he didn’t like to carry them. The ritual stuck with him as he moved up to the big leagues and the nickname came right along with it.


Basil van Rooyen

Basil “Thirsty” Van Rooyen – The South African was most recently hired by the No. 1 women’s golfer in the world in Yani Tseng, but has collected 50 career wins all over the world working with the likes of Mark McNulty, Graham DeLaet, Mark James, David Frost, and John Daly. Van Rooyen’s “thirst” is said to be that of the adult variety, and after a hard day on the links carrying someones bag and only being publicly noticed if something goes wrong , who could blame him?


This admittedly is a very small sample size. There's hundreds more loopers out there who go by a singular name instead of the standard first and last that we have all become accustomed to. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments section below.

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


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Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.