CROMWELL – The Travelers Championship has brought nearly all of the best and most relevant names in golf to the TPC, except for one elusive Tiger and those waiting to be taken back onto the PGA Tour when (or if) the LIV Golf merger takes effect.
The celebrity pro-am Wednesday paired the big golf names with folks you know from other walks of life, especially here in Connecticut.
But this Travelers also brings an elevated game for caddies, as Connecticut guy Joe LaCava, one of the best known, best respected in the business, goes to work with Patrick Cantlay.
“For me, it’s the competition,” LaCava said Tuesday, as he walked up the hill from the 18th green after finishing Cantlay’s practice round. “I realize I’m not playing, but I enjoy the competition. To get the juices flowing when your guy plays well, there’s nothing better.”
You’ve probably seen LaCava, 68, on your screen many a Saturday and Sunday afternoon. A Newtown native, he began caddying for his cousin, Danbury’s Ken Green, on the Tour in 1987. In 1990, LaCava went to work for Fred Couples, who won 12 PGA events with him.
At Couples’ urging to pair with a younger golfer, LaCava went to work for Davis Love III, Justin Leonard and for four years with Dustin Johnson before joining Tiger Woods in 2011.
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