Caddie Confessions: What we learned from Golf Magazine's poll of Tour caddies

CREDIT CRUNCH: Half of Williams's peers believe he has received too much praise.
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More than 70 percent of PGA Tour caddies have earned six figures in a season. The majority has witnessed a Tour pro cheating. And half of them say they wouldn’t have left Dustin Johnson to work for Tiger Woods. From the trivial (one strap or two?) to the titillating (caddie groupies!), here’s what else we learned in a revealing poll of 50 PGA Tour caddies.


Joe LaCava caused a stir in August when he left Dustin Johnson's bag to work for Tiger Woods. If you were LaCava, what would you have done?




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"If Tiger plans to stay with [Sean] Foley, I'd stay with D.J."







Is Steve Williams overrated?





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"He's proving with Adam [Scott] that he's worth something. But you can't go around making statements about how good you are on camera like he did. That's a no-no. Give your player all the credit, all the time."





Have you ever been hit on or propositioned by a female fan?



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Fifty-two percent of caddies polled say they have been propositioned by a female fan.


Have you ever witnessed a Tour pro cheating in a Tour event?




Politically, do you lean left or right?





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Which Tour course has the toughest greens to read?









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Caddie, Augusta National
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"Augusta [has the hardest greens to read], because you don't read 'em, you memorize 'em."


Which Tour course leaves you the most exhausted after four days on the job?







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Are caddies generally underpaid, overpaid, or is your compensation about right for what you do?





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Which player-caddie relationship do you most admire?



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Phil Mickelson and Jim Mackay
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Forty-six percent of caddies say the player-caddie relationship they most admire is Phil Mickelson and Jim Mackay.


If you could work for any player for one major, who and where would you pick?



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"Payne Stewart at the U.S. Open. We had two wins, two seconds and I don't know how many other top 10s. [Stewart had three other career top-10 finishes.] He was a U.S. Open player."  --  Mike Hicks



Have you ever made $100,000 or more in a single year?



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Do you prefer the single or double strap for your player's bag?



Do you make it a point to read the local rules at every event?



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Do you have a college degree?



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