PGA Tour Confidential: Could Navarro to Tiger Complete the Player-Caddie Swap?

Robert Hartman@@RobertHartman20Correspondent IJuly 31, 2011

PGA Tour Confidential: Could Navarro to Tiger Complete the Player-Caddie Swap?

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    Success in golf is finite. It's a game where the mystical qualities of sport parallel the harmonious team-work of both athlete and caddie.  In a game where the roll of a small ball can turn anyone on a downward spiral, sometimes the caddie does more than tote the bag.  The caddy can be a confidant, a psychologist, a tactician and with some players, much more.

    Sometimes the best caddies are easily identified—they're usually standing next to the top players in the world. In professional golf, the role of the caddie is beginning to become increasingly clear.  And, with tournament purses rising each year, the caddie has become an integral part of the team.

    With the divorce of Tiger Woods and his longtime caddie, Steve Williams, let's take a closer look at some of the most memorable caddies—and maybe one that has a new job on the horizon?  Can Tiger return to the WGC in Akron, OH without a looper?

    Not a chance.  The courtship of his new caddie has been a behind the scenes process that might reveal itself as soon as Monday morning.  

    Let's take a look at some of the most memorable caddies.

Tony Navarro

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    Could PGA Tour caddie Tony Navarro actually go from Australian Adam Scott, who hired Stevie Williams, to Mr. Tiger Woods? A clean swap?

    Navarro, 51, said he expected a "soft-landing" once he came to an agreement to leave Scott.  Before Scott, Navarro spent 13 years with Greg Norman.  After he split with Scott, he worked a few tournaments with Angel Cabrera after Augusta.

    There are several veteran caddies that would leap frog their current looping assignment for Woods, but Navarro is the most likely.  We will find out this week if he has a new boss of the moss.

    Navarro has great respect inside the caddyshack on the PGA Tour.  Can he actually manage to complete the Adam Scott/Steve Williams swap?

Angelo Argea and Jack Nicklaus II

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    Jack Nicklaus had a tremendous dawning on the PGA Tour with Angelo Argea.

    But, it is possibly the on-course relationship that he had with his son Jack, which is most memorable—and led him to winning late in his career.  

    It was the memorable march to the green jacket in 1986 that may go down as one of the best efforts by a father-son caddie team in the history of golf.

Bruce Edwards

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    Bruce Edwards played a major role in the advent of the profession.  During his tenure of caddying for Tom Watson, the game and its team earned a respect that had a ripple effect on the PGA and LPGA tours.  

    He was a gentle, like-able and very dependable caddie.  He was one of the caddies that made significant changes to the perception of caddies on the PGA Tour.  

    Edwards lost a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2004.  He is best remembered as Watson's partner, but also spent time looping for Greg Norman.

Joe LaCava

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    Fred Couples was a mess, off the golf course.  He had a steady man on his bag and one of the most well respected caddies, ever. 

    Joe LaCava has a calm demeanor and a fighting spirit.  The reason Dustin Johnson has not won a major is not because of Joe LaCava.

    LaCava was mentioned as a possible replacement for Stevie Williams.  He has his hands full with Johnson, but steering talent is part of LaCava's forte.

Fanny Sunneson

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    Nick Faldo's longtime caddy from Sweden, Sunneson is the Amelia Earhart in the world of caddies.  She did not let the gender barrier get in her way to becoming successful.  

    Faldo and Sunneson would win four majors over a nine-year period. Sunesson decided to part from Faldo in 1999 to caddie for Sergio Garcia.  

    She has also worked with Fred Funk, Notah Begay III and now stands near Henrik Stenson.

Mike "Fluff" Cowan

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    Mike Cowan was on the bag when Woods ripped through Augusta in 1997.  

    Whether he brought too much attention on himself shortly after that is debatable.  

    He has not left Jim Furk's side, and was on the bag for his U.S. Open win at Olympia Fields.

Rabbit Dyer

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    Big little Rabbit Dyer is in the Caddie Hall of Fame, primarily because he helped Gary Player become the best little big player on tour.

Jim "Bones" Mackay

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    Bones was looping for Scott Simpson when Phil Mickelson decided to turn professional.  

    The meet and greet turned into a love affair that is still going strong.