Leaving Dustin Johnson to become Tiger Woods' caddie was an obvious move, Joe LaCava said.
“The biggest factor for why I went with him is because he’s Tiger Woods. Enough said, obviously,” LaCava said in an interview with the Danbury News-Times.
The Connecticut native knows he has a chance to be a part of history, at least to the extent that a caddie can be.
“Will he get 19 [majors]? That’s a long ways off,” LaCava said. “To be with him, to be a part of history, whether it’s 19 or the next major or what have you, it definitely gets your juices flowing.
“I want all the credit to fall to him. I really don’t want to be involved in the whole superstar caddie kind of thing because that’s not what I’m about. That’s not what I am. I just want to do the best job that I can for this guy.”
LaCava said he approached Woods about the gig when he heard of the 14-time major winner’s interest through the Tour grapevine.
“[A]t the time, I was working for Dustin and all was going well so I really didn’t think twice about it. Then you heard a little rumbling, you hear something – long story short, I heard my name was on the short list, so I said to myself, well, if it is or it isn’t, I don’t want to look back someday and think he was interested in hiring me and didn’t approach me because I was working for [Johnson].”
“We got along great,” he said. “We talked about our kids. We talked about sports. He’s just a regular guy, but a lot of people don’t see that side of him because he’s being pulled in 15 different directions.”