KAPALUA, Hawaii – The Plantation Course is universally considered the toughest walk on the PGA Tour. Just ask any caddie.
And because of the elevation challenges, it’s also the toughest place to work as a replacement caddie.
But when Dustin Johnson’s brother and caddie, Austin, injured his back earlier this week in Maui, trainer Joey Diovisalvi was pulled in as an 11th-hour replacement.
“We were all hanging out and [Austin] had a mishap and couldn’t go, so Dustin had me jump on,” said Diovisalvi, who found out he would be pulling double duty on Wednesday. “It’s beautiful and it’s good to be able to get a different perspective.”
Diovisalvi, who said he’s lost four pounds in three days, is not exactly a stranger to the caddie ranks, having looped for Vijay Singh for an entire season.
Austin Johnson is expected to be back on his brother’s bag in time for his next start at the Farmers Insurance Open.