Caddie Carl Jackson beaming after starting 50th Masters


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Carl Jackson heard well wishers all the way around Augusta National Thursday as he toted Ben Crenshaw’s bag.

Happy 50th . . . Congrats . . . You’re the best, Carl!

When Jackson hauled Crenshaw’s bag onto the first tee, his 50th Masters officially began. It marked his 35th with Crenshaw. They won together in 1984 and ’95.

Jackson's recognized a lot more around Augusta National than many of this week's players.

“He’s spilled a lot of blood for me,” Crenshaw said after the historic round was complete.

Nobody’s caddied more Masters’ tournaments than Jackson. No player/caddie team’s been together longer around Augusta National. They’ve teamed to figure out and hole a lot of dramatic putts on some of the most challenging green complexes in the world.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch Ben putt these greens,” Jackson said. “He makes me look good.”

Crenshaw, playing in his 40th Masters, shot 78.

Jackson was 14 when he first picked up a bag at the Masters to caddie for Billy Burke in 1961.