Ian Woosnam and Mile Byrne
If Woosnam had opted to club his caddie (literally) at the 2001 British Open at Royal Lytham, he would have had 15 in his bag to choose from, one more than allowed in tournament play. Blame for the violation lay with his looper, Bryne, who left an extra driver in his man's bag as play began in the final round. Woosnam birdied the first hole that day and was tied for the lead when Byrne broke the bad news to him on the second tee. A furious Woosnam flung the offending club into the bushes but didn't fire his caddie. At least not until two weeks later, when Byrne, following a late night on the town, failed to show up for an early tee at time at the Scandinavian Masters.
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Tiger Woods and Mike "Fluff" Cowan
"(Tiger) came to view Fluff as a Deadhead with a yardage book," a source close to the then-23-year-old phenom said after Woods slapped Cowan with a pink slip in 1999. Though Tiger didn't cite a reason, word had it he was miffed at Cowan for speaking publicly about the financial terms of their arrangement. Whatever the case, Fluff seemed philosophical about the firing. "I will get by. I will survive," he said, in an interview with Golf Channel, quoting a lyric from the Grateful Dead.
3 of 9John Biever / Sports Illustrated
Tiger Woods and Steve Williams
One marriage down and another on the rocks, Tiger announced in July 2011 that he was parting ways with his Kiwi caddie, his on-course sidekick of 12 years. Not one to go quietly, Williams fired back, saying that he'd lost a "tremendous amount of respect" for his former boss, first for his widely publicized infidelities, and then for his decision to conduct the dismissal over the phone (Woods said he gave Williams the word in person). Williams, who went on to work for Adam Scott, also went on to lose the respect of millions when he described a win on Scott's bag as the culmination of his plans to "shove it up (Tiger's) black arse."
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Robert Allenby and Michael Tritton
They say that breaking up is hard to do. But not for Tritton, who, part-way through the second round of the 2007 BMW Championship, removed his caddie bib, tossed his yardage book to Allenby and walked off the course. Tritton's resignation took place on the 16th tee (Allenby's seventh of the day), after a disagreement in which the caddie pulled a three wood and Allenby said he thought it was too much club. "He just ignored me, and started walking off the tee," Allenby recounted later. "I said, 'What's wrong?' And then he started whinging at me. For two day's everything's been fine. I really don't know. He said, 'You don't want me to caddie any more. You want me to leave, don't you?' I said, 'No, I don't.' And then he just left." It wasn't the first time Allenby had been jilted. At the '95 British Open at St. Andrews, his caddie, Michael Waite, tossed his bag in fury on the ground mid-round, but finished the 18 before quitting.
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Mi Hyun Kim and Larry Smich
With Smich on her bag, Kim marched to her first career victory at the 1999 State Farm Rail Classic, then promptly fired her caddie, saying that he didn't know how to read greens.
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Jesper Parnevik and Lorne Duncan
The year: 1999. The scene: The driving range at the MCI Classic, shortly after the second round. Parnevik and Duncan are on the practice range when a tournament official approaches, inquiring about a possible rules infraction. Had Parnevik used his glove to brush loose impediments from his putting line? Parnevik says he recalls no such incident. Unfortunately, his caddie does. With Duncan as a witness, Parnevik is slapped with a two-stroke penalty. He dismisses Duncan on the spot.
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Justin Leonard and Peter Kuchar
At the '98 U.S Open at the Olympic Club, Leonard appeared to have daddy issues. Not with his own father. With Matt Kuchar's father, Peter, who was caddying for his son---and cheering openly along the way. On at least one occasion, Kuchar's exuberance appeared to draw the stink eye from playing partner, Leonard, though Leonard later said the he was actually staring down a distracting NBC sound technician.
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Jay Williamson and Mike Mollet
During the first round of the 2007 Canadian Open, a testy argument breaks out between the two men over how to best attack the 14th hole. How testy? Williamson fires Mollet on the very next hole, and plucks a replacement caddie, Don Alexander, from the gallery. Williamson reportedly gives Alexander a box of golf balls as payment for completing the four-hole loop.
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Roy McAvoy and Romeo Posar
During a (fictional) qualifying round for a (fictional) U.S. Open, a (fictional) McAvoy, played by Kevin Costner, starts smashing clubs in frustration, prompting his (fictional) caddie, Posar, played by Cheech Marin, to quit. Seems realistic enough.
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