by Jeff Skinner
ATLANTA (AP) The Associated Press has learned Tiger Woods will hire Joe LaCava as his next caddie.
Two people aware of the deal said Sunday that LaCava has left Dustin Johnson and will go to work for the former No. 1 player in golf. LaCava was the longtime caddie for Fred Couples. He began working for Johnson in June, and they won The Barclays a month ago.
Woods split with Steve Williams this summer.
Leaving an up and coming cash machine like Johnson who’s best years are ahead of him is a bold move. Dustin Johnson earned $4,309,961 on the PGA Tour this year. Tiger earned $629,863. Maybe Tiger promised him a great financial deal or all the “hostesses” he can handle. Maybe Johnson and LaCava had a personality conflict. But over the next ten years I figure Johnson will earn a lot more than Tiger on the course. Johnson was toying with the idea of playing both the PGA and the European Tour next season and that would have meant even more purses to take a cut of but maybe LaCava was hesitant to travel so much.
Who knows why LaCava would make the jump but if he becomes a member of Team Tiger we probably will never know the real reason.