Saturday, May 09, 2009

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tom Janis, the caddie for 54-hole Players Championship leader Alex Cejka, has won eight times on Tour with Mark O'Meara, Curtis Strange, Jerry Kelly and Scott Hoch.Janis worked for O'Meara when he was second on the money list in 1984. He hooked up with Cejka the first time at Hilton Head in 2004. Janis had just attended the memorial service for fellow caddie Bruce Edwards, and he drove to South Carolina just hoping to get a bag."I'll never forget it, Alex didn't have a caddie, and he said I could work nine holes of a practice round," Janis said. "I guess he didn't want to let on that he didn't have a caddie, but obviously he didn't. So I did that and he said, 'All right, how about the whole week?'"It was the beginning of a five-year relationship that's been up-and-down even by caddie standards. Janis, who lives in Jacksonville, is such a good caddie that Cejka has hired him three times."He and Alex and have been like Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner," said Ron Levin, one of Janis's friends on Tour. Rumor in the caddie shack is that the last time Cejka and Janis split it was over a bet."We always worked good together," said Janis, who would not confirm the bet story. "We just always got in fights. Both [break-ups] were mutual. We're a couple of hotheads. He's mellowed."Earlier this week Cejka compared their relationship to that of an old married couple. He went through a difficult divorce with his real wife, but is past that. "He's very happy in his life right now," Janis said.Janis, who also has worked for Fredrik Jacobson, hasn't caddied continuously on Tour. He took 12 years off and worked as an assistant club professional and a regional rep for Cobra golf clubs.

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