Golf World Discusses End Of Tiger Woods’ Career After His Caddie Makes Permanent Switch

Tiger Woods and caddie Joe LaCava

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Tiger Woods’ longtime friend and caddie, Joe LaCava, announced that he was parting ways with Tiger and moving permanently to the bag of Patrick Cantlay.

The 68-year-old Joe LaCava has been Tiger Woods‘ caddie since 2011 after Tiger split with Steve Williams. Prior to working with Tiger, LaCava caddied for Tiger’s close friend Fred Couples.

Tiger underwent ankle surgery in mid-April to fuse the bones in his ankle, after struggling through pain at The Masters.

Caddie Joe LaCava was on Tiger Woods’ bag for 11 PGA Tour victories and Tiger’s triumphant 2019 win at The Masters. With this split, some golf fans are wondering if this permanent move to Patrick Cantlay‘s bag signals the end of tournament golf for Tiger Woods after his recent surgery.

There will be a lot of speculation indeed:

Patrick Cantlay comes into the Wells Fargo Championship as the #4 ranked golfer in the world, according to the latest OWGR standings. All signs indicate this is a great move for caddie Joe LaCava and Patrick Cantlay.

Tiger’s agent told ESPN that Joe LaCava first called Woods and asked for his blessing. His agent, Mark Steinberg, said:

“Joe called Tiger to ask him and get his approval. Of course, Tiger gave it. Tiger and Joe are like brothers, tremendous friends. You shouldn’t read anything more in to that other than Joe wants to caddie. He loves it. It’s his passion. He’s great at it and one of the best.”

Tiger Woods’ former caddie, Joe LaCava, has quite the resume:

At this point, it is unclear when Tiger Woods will play competitive golf again. After undergoing foot/ankle surgery, it is highly unlikely that Tiger competes again this year. And prior to the surgery, Tiger had said he was only going to compete in the 4 Majors + the Genesis going forward.

An intriguing storyline to watch now is how the pace of play changes, if at all, for Patrick Cantlay. He has received intense criticism in recent weeks for his slow pace of play, something that has never been a point of contention for Tiger Woods.