February 21, 2024

Tiger Woods’ longtime caddie, Joe LaCava, might be on the bag for Patrick Cantlay for the foreseeable future simply weeks after Woods underwent ankle surgical procedure which put the remainder of his 2023 season unsure. 

Cantlay and LaCava are teaming up on the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina this week. 

Patrick Cantlay consults together with his caddie for the week, Joe LaCava, on the third gap through the third spherical of THE NORTHERN TRUST at Liberty Nationwide Golf Membership on Aug. 21, 2021 in Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey. (Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR by way of Getty Pictures)

LaCava, who famously caddied for 15-time PGA Tour winner Fred {Couples}, mentioned he was not “actively wanting” for a brand new gig, however had beforehand mentioned the likelihood with Woods. 

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“Tiger’s not going to play a lot going forwards,” LaCava mentioned throughout Tuesday’s follow spherical at Quail Hollows, by way of the PGA Tour web site. “Clearly he’s not retiring. However he’s going to play two to 6 tournaments a yr.”  

Joe LaCava, caddie of Tiger Woods, walks on the fifth inexperienced through the remaining spherical of The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Nation Membership on Feb. 19, 2023 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Ben Jared/PGA TOUR by way of Getty Pictures)

Woods, 47, underwent surgical procedure on his proper ankle on April 19 to “tackle his post-traumatic arthritis from his earlier talus fracture,” an harm sustained throughout his February 2021 automobile accident. 

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“Tiger and I’ve talked about if one thing had been to come back up, be happy to do one thing. ‘I understand how a lot you miss it, how a lot you’re keen on caddying.’ And when this chance arose, I checked with Tiger. And he mentioned, ‘You’re loopy to not take the job, go ahead, go win some tournaments, go have a good time,’” LaCava added. 

Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis described the transfer for LaCava as “full-time.” 

Tiger Woods and Joe LaCava walk the green at Augusta National

Tiger Woods shakes fingers with caddie Joe LaCava through the continuation of the climate delayed second spherical of the 2023 Masters Match at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership on April 8, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia. (Christian Petersen/Getty Pictures)

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Woods’ longtime agent Mark Steinberg instructed ESPN that there was no timetable for his return. 

“Tiger mentioned repeatedly he’s going to play a really restricted schedule across the majors, his occasions, the father-son, assuming that the whole lot goes nicely within the rehab and restoration,” Steinberg mentioned. “Joe needs to work, and so I feel Tiger obtained that. We’re simply transferring on.”