Longtime caddie Damon Green, who has been on Johnson’s bag for several PGA Tour wins, including the 2007 Masters, is not at Sea Island this week, instead opting to try his hand at qualifying for the Champions Tour.
“My boy Damon fired me,” Johnson joked of Green, who sits seven shots off the lead at the regional qualifier in Winter Garden, Fla., after an opening 73.
With Green otherwise occupied with his own professional pursuit, Johnson is turning this week to Chad Reynolds, who currently caddies for Nick Watney.
“I know Chad. He’s a good player, and he’s been out here a number of times,” explained Johnson, who lives a short distance from the Seaside Course. “I just wanted to find somebody that I didn’t really have to worry about.”
The veteran admitted he considered having a friend or family member tote the bag this week, but opted to go with Reynolds in an event where he, like many in this week’s field, hope to do especially well because of his ties to the local area.
“This is a big week for me,” he added. “I wanted to get somebody that really is a professional caddie, and I know I’ve got one.”