Patrick Cantlay’s surprising admission about hiring caddie Joe LaCava

By Fly Pin High |
May 4, 2023

Patrick Cantlay explains how he convinced Joe LaCava to join him in his bag, both for the Wells Fargo Championship this week and into the future.

Tiger Woods, who revealed that he would likely play only a few tournaments in the coming year, told the veteran golfer, “Feel free to do anything” if another offer came.

LaCava and Cantlay spoke to journalists ahead of this weekend’s Wells Fargo Championship. Cantlay is one of the most anticipated players on the field after a season that saw him finish in four of the top four places and three of the top 20.

LaCava said, “Tiger won’t be playing much in the future.” “He’s obviously not retiring. He’ll play between two and six tournaments per year. Tiger and I agreed that if anything came up, you could do whatever you wanted. When this opportunity came up, I asked Tiger. He said that it was crazy for him not to accept the position. Go ahead, win some tournaments and have a good time. ‘”

The winner of 30-plus tournaments admitted, “I missed it and I wanted to work more,” before saying, “(Cantlay) knows me well enough, and I know him well enough, that we know it’s hopefully-slash-probably going to work.”

Cantlay explained the origins of the relationship, highlighting Fred Couples’ friendship, who won the 1992 Masters, with LaCava on the bag.

Cantlay replied, “Yeah I have been friends with Fred Couples for a very long time.” Joe has been living in Newport Beach for several years and we have played golf together a lot. I’ve heard many good things about him. When I reached out, Joe said that it was possible. It ended up working and I am really happy about it.

Cantlay revealed, perhaps a little surprising to some, that he didn’t contact Tiger Woods first before contacting LaCava.

Cantlay said he had not spoken to LaCava’s former boss, but that the split was friendly with Matt Minister.

Cantlay stated, “We achieved a lot together. I am really proud of what we accomplished.” “He is a good friend of mine, and we have had many successful finishes and wins together.” I’m extremely grateful to him. Just needed a break.

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