Tiger Woods picks new caddie: Veteran Joe LaCava

Tiger Woods walks with Joe LaCava at the 2010 Masters.

Tiger Woods has selected Joe LaCava, a longtime caddie who served Fred Couples for years, to replace the fired Steve Williams.

LaCava, who took the bag of rising star Dustin Johnson this season, reached out to Woods when Williams was axed, according to a report posted TigerWoods.com.

“Mark [Steinberg] and I were approached by a lot of people, including Joe, who expressed an interest in becoming my caddie,” Woods said on his site. “This was an important decision, and I wanted to think about it carefully. Also, out of deference for the FedExCup Playoffs, I decided to wait until they were concluding to have substantive talks. We then spoke to Joe and came to an agreement. … Joe is an outstanding caddie, and I have known him for many years. I’ve personally seen the great job he did for Freddie [Couples]. I’m anxious for us to be working together.”

LaCava’s first tournament will be the Frys.com Open, Oct. 6-9.

“I’m excited to be working with Tiger,” LaCava said, according to TigerWoods.com. “I contacted Tiger and Mark because this is a unique opportunity to be part of something very special. Tiger and I have been friends for a very long time, and I know what he can do. I want to thank Dustin [Johnson] for the opportunity to work with him, and I wish him nothing but the best.”

Now, we can all root for a drew drama match up in next month’s President’s Cup. Couples pairs Woods and Johnson together as partners against Adam Scott (with Williams on his bag) and Y.E. Yang, the first man to beat Tiger from behind in a final round.



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