Not too long ago the debate of who's your caddie was taking over the headlines.
Stevie Williams was fired by Tiger Woods, then hired by Adam Scott. Joe LaCava was once the mastermind behind Fred Couples and resurfaced to became the straw for the Dustin Johnson rise to fame. Then, LaCaca decides to leave Johnson for a less rigorous schedule and tote the bag of Tiger Woods.
Confused? Don't be, because caddie du jour is the norm on the PGA Tour. Security inside the ropes is fleeting with each tournament.
Consider the decision made by a recent winner on the PGA Tour. Sergio Garcia just drove his courtesy car into the parking lot of the Wyndham Championship, and at the Barclay's and said, "You doing anything this week?" He decided to grab a looper at the event.
He departed ways with Gary Matthews, his longtime caddie at the PGA Championship, after he missed the cut. For Garcia, maybe the results are telling. He won at the rain-bedeviled Wyndham Championship with amateur caddie, David Faircloth. Faircloth was recommended by a player in the pro-am. And, this past week his caddie was a former CBS spotter, Wayne Richardson. He finished first and second in back to back weeks with two caddies with no experience.
If Garcia's path to finding a caddie is a sledgehammer to the profession, think again. Behind every great player is a yardage specialist, a sports psychologist, a course management superstar that is underrated.
A photographer at a wedding, the PA announcer at a major league baseball game, and a caddie on the PGA Tour. Sometimes life's calling is about not being noticed. The essence of their work is about doing an excellent job, ingratiating themselves to the primary subjects, but finding a way to sit behind the veiled curtain.
Success is defined by results, not their own, but from the player's they represent.
The wholesome truth becomes so apparent when they stay out of the limelight and success is often daunting, fleeting and lonely.
Here is a look at some of the caddies in golf that deserve more credit than they get.