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Joe LaCava plots Tiger’s future schedule and shares awesome story

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Tiger Woods said it pretty clearly last week at the 150e British Open that he won’t be playing anytime soon.

“Maybe something next year. I don’t know. But nothing in the near future,” he said after missing the cup on Friday. “That’s it. I was just hoping to play that one event this year.

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But Tiger’s caddy Joe LaCava, who has been on the bag for more than a decade now, said he’s not counting on Tiger for the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas or father-son time at the PNC Championship with Charlie. in Orlando. Both events are scheduled for December.

“Hopefully he’ll play Hero and Father-Son maybe in December, then maybe Genesis. [Invitational] … I’m hoping for three, maybe four tournaments before the Masters,” said LaCava, who appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday. “I won’t do much, I’ll do the same. I’ll say ‘Tiger, hey listen, if you start feeling better in October or November, maybe I’ll go down for a few weeks [to Florida]we’ll hang out, we don’t have to play every day, we don’t have to practice every day, I’ll be there and maybe give you some motivation, we’ll do game practices here and there and get ready for the hero and get ready for the next year of 23 and get him ready in every way he needs.

Where could Tiger play next year before the Masters? If the body wants it, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him play in the Genesis Invitational tournament on the PGA Tour the second week of February, a tournament he hosts and has the Tiger Woods Foundation as its main charity. Beneficiary. The Players Championship, a tournament Tiger has won twice, could also be a good testing ground to shed some rust ahead of the Masters in April.

Coming back from a horrific one-car accident in February 2021, Woods has played in three of four majors this season, finishing 47th at the Masters, retiring from the PGA Championship before the final round and missing the cup at St. Andrews. .

LaCava also shared a hilarious story of how he likes to lug the bag on his right shoulder and the time he switched to a dual strap golf bag.

“I don’t think I could carry the bag from here to my front door on my left hand,” he said.

LaCava and Jim “Bones” MacKay, longtime curler for Phil Mickelson who is now enjoying success with Justin Thomas, were one of the first to use the double-strap bag and for several years tried to convince LaCava to make the change without success. .

“I just wouldn’t,” LaCava said. “It was just great for me, the nine yards.”

By the time LaCava started working with Tiger, he was getting older and the double-strap bag became more appealing. Yet he wouldn’t move. Finally, at the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronomink Golf Club near Philadelphia, Tiger took matters into his own hands. He showed up in Game 3 of the playoffs with a double strap and hooked it to his bag himself.

“Oh man, now I have to try,” LaCava recalled.

LaCava dropped his towel and feared a club would fall out of the bag as he tested the double strap during a practice round alongside Rory McIlroy. On Thursday, Tiger fired 62 rounds and never missed a shot. LaCava’s phone exploded. He scrolled to a text from his son, who hadn’t been in touch since he was dropped off at James Madison University a month earlier. Joe Jr.’s post was classic: “All I get is a double strap and a question mark, and it said, ‘Soft.’”

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