GREENSBORO, N.C. – PGA Tour players have been known to switch caddies with some regularity, but rarely does the change occur in the middle of a round.
That’s what happened to Brian Stuard, though, when longtime caddie Michael Lawson walked off after 12 holes in the third round of the Barracuda Championship last month. Taking a page from the movie “Tin Cup,” Stuard had a gallery member fill in as his caddie for the rest of the round, then used a local club pro to caddie during the final round, ultimately finishing 72nd.
After a missed cut at the PGA Championship, Stuard turned this week to veteran caddie Jim Springer, and through two rounds of the Wyndham Championship the pairing appears to be a good one. Stuard played the first five holes of his second round in 5 under, and at 9 under trails leader Heath Slocum by a shot.
“The start was nice,” said Stuard, who countered two bogeys with five birdies and an eagle Friday at Sedgefield Country Club. “I feel good, I like the golf course. I seem to have a good feel for the greens.”
Stuard declined to discuss details about his recent parting with Lawson, who later cited Stuard’s “disrespectfulness for golf” as his reason for leaving the bag.
“I don’t really want to talk too much about it. It’s just one of those things, I guess,” Stuard said. “I got Jimmy Springer on the bag this week, and he’s been doing great so far.”
Springer explained that he reached out to Stuard via text last week, and the two agreed to begin working together at Sedgefield. At No. 48 in the FedEx Cup standings, Stuard will comfortably qualify for at least the first two playoff events, and while the future of their player-caddie relationship remains up in the air, Springer is encouraged by their promising start.
“We haven’t really talked about it yet,” Springer said. “I’ll probably mention something to him this afternoon. Things are going pretty good so far.”