LaCava: Don't call me a superstar caddie


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.

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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].”

LaCava, who spent two decades on Fred Couples’ bag, said his first week with Woods at the Open went well.

“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.”