What Happens in the Caddy Trailer Stays

By Michael CollinsNovember 1, 2007, 4:00 pm
Children Editor's note: Michael Collins has been a stand-up comedian for 15 years and has more than seven years experience as a professional caddie. He currently covers the PGA TOUR as a correspondent with XM Satellite Radio and takes his turn on The Turn Tuesdays on GOLF CHANNEL.
 
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- So you really wanna know what the course is like? REALLY wanna hear how the greens are running? Tired of hearing the politically correct answers from players?
 
Well, there is only one place on the PGA TOUR where you can get the REAL scoop on a tournament, a course, and the general dirt whats going on out here on TOUR. Its the Caddy trailer!
 
Michael Collins
Our man Michael Collins on the Disney scene.
And like Vegas what happens in the trailer you know the rest.
 
Since I started hanging out on the TOUR in '98, I heard of a place where caddies could talk freely about their players (interpret that as bitch about) without fear of repercussion (being fired). A place where the food was good, the talk was good, and all the rumors of the TOUR could be shared.
 
Steroids, wives, girlfriends, girlfriends of wives, boyfriends of girlfriends, wrong yardages on sprinkler heads, no yardages on sprinkler heads Everything you can imagine (and even things you CANT) is talked about in the Caddy trailer.
 
Nowadays even pros come eat in the caddy trailer, in lieu of getting a free meal in the clubhouse. All of course with the understanding that when they enter this place, they are not the top of the totem pole. As I sit here writing this, Bubba Watson, Bob Tway, Sean OHair, Woody Austin, Scott Verplank, all sit with the caddies talking sports, the course (Disney is SOAKED), girls, and general gossip. There is a HUGE rumor this week about a player on TOUR with problems at. Oops!! I almost let one slip.
 
One of the coolest things about the Caddy trailer is knowing if you and your player have a bad day on the course, you can come to the trailer and vent with other caddies going through the same thing.
 
I told him to hit 7-iron on 12 but NOOOO, he swears its a big 8 and when the ball goes in the water that #$@%! looks at ME!
 
Yeah, WE make birdie at 9 and then HE snap hooks 3 wood off 10 even after I took the headcover off the driver, HINT, HINT!
 
It is a very small brotherhood of TOUR caddies (theres only one woman, Fanny, out here) so the other benefit of the trailer is that you come in Thursday morning to get breakfast before your round and another caddy comes over and says, You get the carry on 6? The book is wrong.
 
Then later that day when you and your player get to the 6th hole and you need to carry the water, you KNOW the number you give your player is right because someone else, who by the way is trying to beat you, covered your ass.
 
Heaven on TOUR is the 18th green when you win, but purgatory may just be the Caddy trailer.
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.