The Cut : The Cut - Autumn 2017
38 THE CUT QThe first major, the Masters (6-9 April), seems to signal the start of the golf year proper. During your career, how many Masters tournaments have you attended, and will you be on Adam’s bag this year? Over the years, what have been the defining and/or most memorable moments at Augusta for you? Of the victories you’ve been associated with, which gave you the greatest satisfaction, and why? Can you recall the best and worst three shots of any of your players? Lastly, which players should we look out for to do well in the Masters this year? A I will be on Adam Scott’s bag at the Masters this year, marking the 30th time I’ve caddied at Augusta National. Only one other caddy, Carl Jackson, has caddied for more years than me at the Masters. My first trip to Augusta was back in 1988 with Greg Norman and since then I’ve caddied there for Raymond Floyd, Tiger Woods and Adam. Amazingly, in all that time I’ve had the weekend off only once – which is something I’m very proud of. There is no week I look forward to more than the Masters. I’ve been fortunate to caddie for the winner on four occasions, Tiger in 2001, 2002 and 2005 and Adam Scott in 2013. Those victories had some memorable moments. Tiger’s victory in 2001 saw him holding all four major championship trophies at the one time, a feat not likely to be repeated. No player has even been in the media spotlight like Tiger was that week as he attempted to become the first player to hold all four majors. Given the hype surrounding that week and knowing the opportunity might never occur again, it was absolutely amazing to see Tiger successfully complete the slam. His chip-in on the 16th in 2005 was one of those magical moments in golf, something I will never forget. Being on the bag for the first Aussie to put on the green jacket was also a career highlight for me. Given the way it played out in the playoff, with Adam calling me in to read the putt on the second playoff hole – which he holed to win – was a defining moment for me. I wanted to retire following that event; there could be no greater thrill than caddying for a mate who fulfils a lifelong dream to win the Masters. Of the four victories I’ve been involved with at Augusta, that was the most satisfying. Tiger’s win in 2001 seemed more of a relief at the time. Ray Floyd was twice runner-up when I was on his bag in 1990 and 1992. His playoff loss to Nick Faldo in 1990 would be the only tournament in my career that still hurts when I think about it. We were on the 71st hole and Raymond held a one-shot lead. As he prepared to hit his second shot I didn’t tell him what I was thinking, which was that he should aim straight at the flag. Back then the green was a different shape and if you missed you always missed to the right, which gave you a simple up-and- Steve on Greg Norman’s bag during the caddie’s first Masters Tournament in 1988.
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