New name emerges in Tiger caddie lottery


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Tiger Woods’ caddie situation has become a hot topic of late. No, not Steve Williams’ inflammatory comments following Adam Scott’s victory on Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Instead, speculation continues to grow as to who may replace Williams on Woods’ bag.

Woods said Bryon Bell, who caddied for him last week at Firestone, was only an “interim” move and that he was looking for someone with experience. That’s a list that is rumored to include Tony Navarro, Adam Scott’s old caddie who is working for Angel Cabrera at this week’s PGA Championship, and Camilo Villegas’ old looper Brett Waldman, who has struggled playing the Nationwide Tour this year.

Add Shane Joel to the short list of candidates. Joel, who caddies for Woods’ friend Mark O’Meara, was spotted on the Firestone practice tee last week talking with Woods. A person familiar with the situation said, “if he came (to Ohio) to talk to him, he is his new caddie.”

Joel lives in the Orlando, Fla., area and would be familiar with Woods’ game, having caddied for O’Meara during numerous practice rounds with Woods, including at this year’s Masters.

Woods is scheduled to speak to the media on Wednesday.