DUBLIN, Ohio – Among the featured pairings this week at Muirfield Village is a three-ball with a unique storyline.
Reluctant senior Fred Couples will be paired with young guns Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson, who recently hired Couples’ longtime caddie Joe LaCava. On Wednesday Couples said he’d been trying to persuade LaCava into taking another job for years.
“Dustin Johnson can win once (on the PGA Tour), which for him is probably not a great year, and Joe will make more money caddying for Dustin than he would caddying for me if I won four times on the Champions Tour,” said Couples, who added that in 21 years working with LaCava he was never late.
As for the dynamic on Thursday and Friday at Muirfield Village Couples said he expects Johnson and LaCava to be a perfect pairing.
“I hope he stays with him a while because I'm not taking him back,” he smiled.