AKRON, Ohio – There hasn’t been speculation like this on a PGA Tour practice tee since . . . well, the last time Tiger Woods parted with a caddie and was looking for a new bagman.
Talking point No. 1 at Firestone on Tuesday centered on Woods’ need for a new caddie following his split last month with longtime looper Steve Williams. Woods’ friend Bryon Bell is moonlighting on his bag this week but Woods made it clear that is an “interim” solution.
Tony Navarro – who, ironically, split with Adam Scott earlier this year prompting Scott’s use of Williams, which seemed to be the tipping point in the New Zealander’s relationship with Woods – appears to be the leader in the clubhouse.
Navarro had been working for Angel Cabrera, but is rumored to be working for Charley Hoffman this week at Firestone. Brett Waldman, Camilo Villegas’ old caddie who is playing the Nationwide Tour but has made just one cut in 13 starts, is also said to be on the short list.
“I called, but no one called back,” joked Gary Woodland on Tuesday, while another caddie laughed, “I was on one list, but Rachel Uchitel (one of Woods’ alleged mistresses) was also on there so I know that’s not right.”
One thing is certain: don’t expect a move any time soon with next week’s PGA Championship looming and Woods fresh off the “DL.”
“We’ll see going forward,” was all Woods said of the opening.