Joe LaCava Once Revealed How It Felt to Get Recruited by Tiger Woods: ‘My Wife Tells Me All the Time, Sometimes You Pinch Yourself and Sometimes..’

Published 12/29/2021, 1:32 PM EST
AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 10: Tiger Woods celebrates after holing a putt for eagle on the eighth green during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


Tiger Woods is globally regarded as the greatest athlete of all time and has 82 PGA Tour wins. And now, he equaled the record of Sam Snead for the most number of PGA Tour wins. Caddying for such great players would be a truly incredible feeling.

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Every caddie dreams of caddying for Tiger, but only a few have been able to fulfill it. One of them is Joe LaCava.

RIDGEDALE, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 22: Jack Nicklaus talks to Tiger Woods of the United States on the 19th tee during the Payne’s Valley Cup on September 22, 2020 on the Payne’s Valley course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Payne’s Valley Cup)

Caddying for Tiger Woods

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Since 2011, Joe LaCava has been seen on the bag for Tiger. He has been caddying on the PGA Tour for nearly three decades and has caddied for one of the game’s greatest players like Fred Couples, Davis Love 3, and Dustin Johnson.

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Joe LaCava is also a member of the Caddie Hall of fame. When he was inducted he added, “I tell people I’m in the Caddie Hall of Fame because I work for the hall of fame golfers. That’s how it works,” LaCava said with a smile.

Joe LaCava spoke when asked about how does it feel to be asked by Tiger to caddie for him. He said,

It meant the world to me. You got what I consider the greatest player of all time reaching out to you to see if you want to caddie for him. He was almost like, ‘I know I haven’t played much lately and I’m hurt a lot, but would you take a shot and work with me?,” He added. “I thought that was fantastic. My wife tells me all the time, sometimes you pinch yourself and sometimes I guess you have to pinch yourself because you don’t realize how great I’ve had it.

Dec 19, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Tiger Woods pats Charlie Woods on the head on the eight green during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Caddie’s Importance

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Professionals are not to be given the credit for their success, caddies also play an important role. Caddie does not only help with carrying the bag but also is an integral part of one’s game.

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They help the players with club selection and help them in pressure situations. Caddies are more like a friend to the players. They talk to players when they are not at their best, thus helping them to cope up with failure.

What will Joe LaCava and Tiger Woods achieve in 2022? Share your views in the comments down below.

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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.

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