Best all-time caddie nicknames

By Jason CrookAugust 15, 2012, 3:24 pm

Here at GolfChannel.com we like to celebrate every holiday, no matter how big or small. With Wednesday being national Best Friends Day, we thought it would be appropriate to take a closer look at the faithful caddie.

While the constant accolades and recognition go the guys whose names litter the leaderboards week in and week out, when it comes to nicknames, it doesn’t get any better than their friend carrying the bag. Not sure if this is a coincidence or if nicknames just somehow lend themselves easier to men who carry another man’s luggage for a living, the way bacon and cheese lend themselves to … well, everything.

Either way, take some notes TO, AI, CP3, DWade, D12, KG, MJD, RGIII and what seems like every other professional athlete from the last 15 years. Some combination of your initials and jersey number is not a nickname, it’s just lame.

Here are some of the all-time best nicknames on the PGA Tour belonging to the stars’ better halves.

Jim “Bones” MacKayPhil Mickelson’s go-to guy on the bag for over 15 years. Lefty and Bones have been through all the highs and lows as a team, including all four of Phil’s major championship victories, and all of his major championship near misses. Fred Couples unintentionally dubbed MacKay “Bones” when he couldn’t remember his name and was trying to get the tall, skinny kid's attention during his first year as a caddie.


Jim Furyk

Mike “Fluff” Cowen – Has worked with Jim Furyk since 1999 and Tiger Woods for three years before that. Fellow caddies gave him the nickname Fluff for his resemblance to former pro golfer and broadcaster Steve Melnyk, who was also know by that name. Although one could argue the name fits his ever-present white mustache perfectly.


Steve Duplantis

Steve 'Asbestos' Duplantis – Respected as one of the best caddies during his time on Tour working with big names such as Jim Furyk, Rich Beem and Tommy Armour III. As much as he was respected on the course he was known more for his nightlife exploits off it. He earned the name “Asbestos” because others joked that he was fireproof – as in, he couldn’t be fired – even though he was constantly late, due in large part to his partying the night before. Duplantis died tragically in 2008 when he stepped off a curb in front of an oncoming taxi.


Ron Levin

Ron “Bambi” Levin – Caddied for legends such as Jack Nicklaus and up-and-comers like Anthony Kim. Also was on the bag for Todd Hamilton’s improbable playoff victory over Ernie Els at the 2004 British Open. (I have a feeling The Big Easy got over that loss recently.) Levin was christened “Bambi” early on in his career, looking like a babe in the woods, as a 17-year-old first-time caddie.


Carl Jackson

Carl “Skillet” Jackson – Ordained in Augusta National lore, the legendary looper has caddied 51 Masters, and has been on Ben Crenshaw’s bag for the tournament since 1976, helping him win the green jacket twice, in 1984 and 1995. He earned the nickname “Skillet” as a kid since as a joke others said he couldn’t throw a baseball hard enough to break an egg. He beat colon cancer in 2000, (only time he has missed The Masters since 1961) and claims to be the first black guest to play Augusta in 1988.


Lance Ten Broeck

“Last Call” Lance Ten Broeck – Has caddied for several notable players such as Robert Allenby and Jesper Parnevik, and has been known to caddie and play in the same tournament. The nickname is pretty self explanatory and he apparently has no problem living up to it. At the 2009 Valero Texas Open he played and caddied in the same tournament, beating his boss Parnevik by two strokes, (although they both missed the cut) preparing for the tournament with eight happy-hour special orders of a 22-ounce beer and a jug of saki for $6.50.


Sqeaky Medlin

Jeff “Squeeky” Medlen – Famously played a large role during John Daly's 1991 PGA Championship victory, caddying for an alternate who had never seen the course. Also carried Nick Price's bag to victory in two PGA Championships and a British Open. The man who's nickname derived from his high-pitched voice unfortunately passed away in 1997 after a battle with chronic myelogenus leukemia.


Steve Hale

Steven “Pepsi” Hale – Was on Keegan Bradley’s bag when he burst onto the scene in 2011, winning a major in his first try at the PGA Championship. The name “Pepsi” was born on the Nationwide Tour where he started the habit of placing cans of his favorite soda around the course before a round so he could pick them up as his group went through later in the day, simply because he didn’t like to carry them. The ritual stuck with him as he moved up to the big leagues and the nickname came right along with it.


Basil van Rooyen

Basil “Thirsty” Van Rooyen – The South African was most recently hired by the No. 1 women’s golfer in the world in Yani Tseng, but has collected 50 career wins all over the world working with the likes of Mark McNulty, Graham DeLaet, Mark James, David Frost, and John Daly. Van Rooyen’s “thirst” is said to be that of the adult variety, and after a hard day on the links carrying someones bag and only being publicly noticed if something goes wrong , who could blame him?


This admittedly is a very small sample size. There's hundreds more loopers out there who go by a singular name instead of the standard first and last that we have all become accustomed to. If you can drag yourself away from your Best Friend Day celebrations, feel free to share your favorites in the comments section below.

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S.H. Park, Salas co-lead rain-soaked Indy Women

By Associated PressAugust 18, 2018, 1:42 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Sung Hyun Park relied on the same, steady style that has helped make her one of the LPGA's top players. When her putts kept rolling in Friday, she was virtually unbeatable.

Park shot a 9-under 63 for a share of the lead with Lizette Salas during the suspended second round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

''The best round of the year,'' the South Korean player said through an interpreter. ''My putting overall was what really helped.''

Salas, the first-round leader after a 62, had a 69 to match Park at 13 under at Brickyard Crossing. Danielle Kang and Nasa Hataoka were two shots back.

''It was going to be hard to top that 62 yesterday but I stayed patient,'' Salas said. ''This was a completely different golf course, so I had to change my mentality a little bit and I had to forget about the 62 in a way and just go back to what I was doing.''

Park has two majors and four overall LPGA victories the last two years, winning the U.S. Women's Open and CP Women's Open last year and the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic and KPMG Women's PGA Championship this season.

Nothing rattled Park on a sticky, overcast day.

''I worked on my short game the most, especially measuring the distances,'' Park said. ''It paid off.''

After more rain drenched the already saturated layout around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Park completed the round by putting out in a downpour that forced the afternoon groups to contend with a delay of nearly four hours.


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In between the showers, the world's fourth-ranked player performed like a two-time major champion.

She birdied three of the first five holes to reach 7 under, started the back nine with three straight birdies then took the lead with her ninth and final birdie of the day on the par-4 17th.

Salas took a different tack one day after tying Mike McCullough's course-record 62.

Rather than take advantage of the course's soft greens, the 29-year-old American needed patience Friday. She opened with 12 consecutive pars then made three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. After her first bogey of the tournament, on the par-4 eighth, Salas closed out the round with another birdie to tie Park.

Salas hasn't won since the 2014 Kingsmill Championship, but she's developed a real affinity for the Indy course where she's had five consecutive sub-par rounds dating to last year's fifth-place finish.

Kang, who kept Salas composed during a 77-minute rain delay Thursday, had a 68 to get to 11 under.

''I've been giving myself a lot of birdie chances,'' Kang said. ''That was my goal this week. I just have been feeling like I was in a little bit of a funk, so I told my caddie we were just going to pick a number, play my game, forget all the swing thoughts, forget everything and just kind of play it by feel.''

Kang hasn't recorded a bogey over the first 36 holes and is in contention for her first tour victory last year's KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Hataoka shot 69.

Angel Yin, the 19-year-old Californian who was tied for second with Hataoka after the first round, was 10 under with eight holes left. Yin was tied for fifth with Thidapa Suwannapura of Thailand and Amy Yang of South Korea, who also had eight holes to go.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson started on the back nine and birdied the par-3 12th and the par-4 16th. She was 6 under with 10 holes remaining in the second round.

And the course could change dramatically as it dries out.

Saturday's forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with highs in the low 80s and Sunday is supposed to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s.

Park promises to be ready for whatever weather arrives.

''I'm going to do really well,'' she said. ''I feel really good about my game, especially my short game. And it's just about the weather now, so hopefully the weather is good.''

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Garcia among bubble boys keeping playoff hopes alive

By Randall MellAugust 18, 2018, 12:34 am

Sergio Garcia gave himself a chance to keep his perfect FedExCup Playoffs record going with his rally Friday at the Wyndham Championship.

D.A. Points moved into position to make a historic leap into the postseason.

And Johnson Wagner dunked his last shot of the day from long range to keep his hopes of making the playoffs alive.

But the day didn’t end nearly as well for Tyrone Van Aswegen’s FedExCup hopes.

Van Aswegen didn’t do himself any favors trying to hold on to the 125th spot on the FedExCup points list. He missed the cut by a shot.

Only the top 125 advance to The Northern Trust and next week’s start to the playoffs.

Van Aswegen wasn’t alone among “bubble boys” missing the cut. No. 122 Jhonattan Vegas, No. 123 Seamus Power, No. 124 Martin Piller, No. 126 Chad Campbell and No. 127 Robert Garrigus all failed to make the weekend.

Garcia is among 13 players who have advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs every year since they began in 2007, but his run was in jeopardy of ending starting the week. He’s 131st on the FedExCup points list

With a 65 Friday following his opening round 66, Garcia is in more than a great position to advance. He’s in position to win the Wyndham. He is tied for fourth, five shots off the lead. The day ended with Garcia projected to move up to 118th on the FedExCup points list.


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“I'm just going to try to keep building on the things that I did well these first two days,” Garcia said. “Whatever happens, happens. Like I said at the beginning of the week, if I have a great weekend, then it will be great. If I don't have a great weekend, it will still be great because

I'll get to rest.”

Points started the week 214th on the FedExCup points list. With back-to-back 64s, he trails only Brandt Snedeker going into the weekend. He can crack the top 125, but only with a win. Nobody has ever started the Wyndham Championship that far back in points and qualified for the playoffs. Davis Love III was 186th when he won and advanced in 2015.

Wagner, 136th on the FedExCup points list, went to spectacular lengths Friday to keep his playoff hopes alive. He was outside the cut line until holing his 153-yard approach at the last.

Bill Haas, who is among those 13 players to have qualified for the playoffs every year, started the week 150th in points. He can keep his perfect playoff record going with a big weekend. He shot 68 Friday to make the cut. He’s tied for 52nd in the tournament.

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Points two back after missing 16 of 17 cuts

By Randall MellAugust 17, 2018, 11:54 pm

What’s the better story come Sunday?

Brandt Snedeker turning his 59 in the opening round into a victory at the Wyndham Championship?

Or D.A. Points winning after missing 16 cuts in his last 17 starts?

They’re both scripts in the works at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

Points, who has been struggling this season with a herniated disc that causes numbness in his fingers, has broken through his season-long funk to shoot back-to-back 64s. He starts the weekend in second place, two shots behind Snedeker.


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“It's been difficult,” Points said of his slump. “It's been hard on my family. I was in this position a couple years ago, and I clawed my way back and won in Puerto Rico.

“I had that big downturn, and I clawed my way out of it just to find myself way back down in another deep hole again.”

Points, 41, is a three-time PGA Tour winner. He won his first title playing alongside Bill Murray at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2011 and two years later won the Shell Houston Open. He slipped into a three-year funk after that, before rebuilding his game and winning the Puerto Rico Open last year.

“Hopefully, this is my way of starting to claw back out,” Points said.

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New 'Mr. 59' Snedeker needs Day 2 rally to keep Wyndham lead

By Randall MellAugust 17, 2018, 11:24 pm

Brandt Snedeker struggled coming off the emotional high that comes with shooting 59, but it didn’t stop him from rallying Friday to try to turn his historic round into a victory at the Wyndham Championship.

After a sluggish start to the second round, Snedeker caught fire on the back nine at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., to take the lead going into the weekend.

With a 3-under 67, Snedeker moved to 14 under overall, two shots ahead of D.A. Points (64).

“I knew it was going to be tough” Snedeker said. “It wasn't going to be the same way it was yesterday. Kind of battling the emotion of everybody pulling hard for you, wanting to see you do it again. So the front nine was disappointing.”

A day after becoming the ninth player in PGA Tour history to post a sub-60 tournament round, Snedeker opened with three bogeys and two birdies on the front nine. He said it was a struggle to begin anew.


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“You hear people telling you every two seconds, `Mr. 59,’ or saying how cool it was to watch it,” Snedeker said. “Phone's still blowing up this morning, guys in the locker room are still talking to me about it. So, yes, totally on your mind. You can't ignore it. You can't try to forget about it. Hardest thing is trying to get back into a rhythm.”

Snedeker did with an eagle and two birdies on the back nine. Rolling in a 30-foot eagle putt at the 15th gave him back the lead he lost earlier in the round.

“To see that go in was huge,” Snedeker said.

Not every player to break 60 on the PGA Tour has gone on to win. In fact, Snedeker is looking to become just the fifth player to do so.