Caddie Joe Lacava wouldn’t give up on Tiger Woods if you paid him

Sharon Wong


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How nice it must be to have a caddie that has more faith in your career than you do.

Caddying for Tiger Woods isn’t a particularly lucrative stint at the moment. After he’s all but disappeared from every upcoming tournament, it seems like the next logical step for anyone is the give up the ghost. And Joe LaCava is the kind of man who could have a very bright future. He’s caddied for 30 years on the PGA Tour, mostly for Fred Couples, but also for Dustin Johnson and finally for Tiger at the end of 2011. He’s supported Tiger through nine wins and really proven his mettle as a reliable character. And now, he’s proven exactly how reliable, even when any chance of action seems all but dead.

“A couple of guys approached me, I don’t want to name any names, but I [politely] said no. My plan is to wait for Tiger to get back. I’ve told them I just want to work for Tiger and nobody else at this point.”

12/7/14--Tiger Woods with his caddie Joe LaCava after his final round of the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, FL.--(Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox)
Source: Golf Week/Tracy Wilcox

We’re pretty awed by his display of loyalty, especially considering that sitting on the sidelines is not the easiest thing for a dedicated caddie like LaCava. He left Dustin Johnson in the prime of his career and has subsequently missed out on a lot of the things he likes best about being a caddie.

“I miss it for sure. I miss my buddies, some of the caddies, going out to dinner. But most of all I miss being in the hunt and winning. Definitely miss it, how could you not?”

Despite not doing what he loves to do, he shows himself to be an exceptional example in his profession. He has no regrets about putting his ailing employer above his own personal satisfaction.

“I still have faith that he’s going to do well and win. My outlook is basically the same as when I started with him. He’s Tiger Woods.”

With a man like that on his side, Tiger Woods has a better chance than ever of recovering his flagging morale. Kudos, Mr. LaCava.