˘ I shaved my mustache once. I think it was 1984. I don’t
really know why; I just felt like it. I didn’t much like the way
I looked so I started growing it back immediately. You make
a mistake, you move on.
˘ Being on time is really important. I’ve been late once
my entire caddieing career. It was the San Antonio Open in
1976, my first year. I was working for Bob Zender. It was a
36-hole Sunday final because we’d had some rain, and I was
late getting there. All he said to me was, “I don’t need you
today.” That was the last time I was ever late for caddieing.
˘ The day Jim [Furyk] shot 59, I just went about doing
what I do. You don’t get all excited if he’s made three birdies
in a row, nor do you get down in the dumps if he’s made
three bogeys in a row. You just do your job. I take pride in
being able to do that. If he looks at you and sees you being
the same way you were when you teed off, I think that’s
quite important. During the doing of that day, I never got
excited once. But I got pretty excited when it was over.
˘ The strangest thing I’ve ever seen on a golf course
has got to be when Peter [Jacobsen] tackled the naked
streaker in the 1985 British Open. He did it right after I got
done telling him, “Don’t mess around with him. Let the cops
do what they do.” Shows how much he listened to me.
˘ Tiger was just a kid when I worked for him. He enjoyed
video games, telling jokes. We played some pool together. I
feel like I’m probably a better pool player, but he’s very consistent. He doesn’t try to do anything outrageous. He beat
me plenty of times just because I was trying to do something I shouldn’t and probably scratched on the eight-ball. I
guess I was Phil, but he was still Tiger.
˘ I always start by supplying the basics: what it is to the
front, whatever carry might be involved and what it is to the
hole. If he wants to know what’s behind it, then I tell him. If he
doesn’t ask what’s behind it, I don’t say anything. Less is more.
˘ I’ve had some heartbreak on the golf course, but the
worst was the last hole of the 1988 Western Open. We’re
even with Jim Benepe, who’s up on the green. Peter’s driven
it perfect, and we’re standing there waiting for our turn.
We’re going to try to hit this shot to make birdie to win, and
I watched Benepe three-putt for bogey. Now all we need to
do is make par, and we didn’t change our thinking. I didn’t
speak up. Peter hit this 6-iron, kind of blocked it and hit it in
the hazard and we make double bogey to lose by one. That
was a very disappointing moment because I didn’t react
how I should have. Walking toward the green, when I real-
ized that that ball was wet, my knees actually buckled. I felt
awful. It was a long time before I got over that.
˘ Maine is one of the most wonderful places a kid can
grow up. It’s a slow-paced kind of life. When I was a kid, there
was so much freedom it was unbelievable. I used to take my
bicycle and leave in the morning and not come home until
suppertime. My parents never worried about me.
˘ I shot 62 once, but the greatest round I ever played
was in the Iowa Open. My friend Bruce Willett and I came
out caddieing together in 1976. Between tournaments we
were going to try to play in some state opens so we went
to Council Bluffs, Iowa. When we got there, we really only
had enough money for one entry fee. Since I’d been playing
more golf, we decided that I should be the one to play. So
I played and Bruce caddied for me. We got to the final day,
and I had to borrow some money for coffee and Danishes.
We had no idea how we were going to go anywhere. We
didn’t have any money. I went out and shot 69, finished
maybe sixth or seventh and made $285. You’ve never seen
two happier guys walking off the last green your entire life.
˘ I got fired as the assistant pro at Martindale CC in
Auburn, Maine. I was brand-new to the job. I was supposed
to go play in a pro-member at Lucerne GC. I’m going up
Route 1 thinking I’m going to go by Lucerne any moment.
Well, Lucerne’s on Route 1A. I didn’t get to Canada, but I did
get to Bar Harbor. I called the pro at Lucerne to explain what
I did and why I wasn’t there. He was gracious enough. I drove
back to the club thinking no big deal. Monday was my day to
open the shop. I was the second assistant living up above the
clubhouse. I was getting dressed and the head professional is
at my doorway. All he said was, “We don’t need you around
here any longer.” He didn’t want to hear my story or what
happened. Nothing. He fired me right then and there and off I
went to become a caddie. Things happen in your life that you
can’t explain. I think that was probably one of them.
˘ I listen to the [Grateful] Dead channel on SiriusXM
radio a lot. I did get to meet Jerry [Garcia] once. I’m not
one to meet someone and think, “Gee, how can I talk to this
guy?” but that happened to me that day. It was a show at
Buckeye Lake outside of Columbus. Bruce Hornsby and
his band were opening for the Dead. Between Bruce’s set
and the Dead coming on, there was a break. We went back
to see Bruce and he walked me over and introduced me to
Jerry. All I could do was think, “Wow!” n
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