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There are plenty of caddies that have found themselves at center stage while carrying a bag for a PGA Tour star. There are some others you might not know, however. Here's the definitive list of the best caddies of all time.
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He is the most recognized caddie of the Tiger Era of golf (and possibly of all-time) mainly because he was Tiger's guy. Williams caddied for Woods' last 13 major victories before Woods switched to Joe LaCava. Williams would get the next laugh, though, jumping to Adam Scott's bag for the 2013 Masters victory.
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Mike "Fluff" Cowan
A 37-year tour veteran, Fluff has been on the bag for many pros including Peter Jacobsen, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, for whom he currently carries. Woods fired Fluff in 1999 after he revealed his salary in a Golf Magazine interview. Fluff has also caddied briefly for Michelle Wie in 2004 and for Lydia Ko at this year’s U.S. Open. The upcoming Ryder Cup will be Fluff’s 12th as a caddie.
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Perhaps no caddie photo is more well-known, especially one in which the caddie's name is generally forgotten. Francis Ouimet was the 20-year-old amateur that triumphed in the 1913 U.S. Open, now more than a century ago. However, his caddie, Lowery, was half his age and size, but the duo finished the playoff five strokes better than runner-up Harry Vardon.
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Jim "Bones" Mackay
A native of England, Bones has been on Phil Mickelson’s bag since 1992. Prior to working for Mickelson, Bones caddied for Larry Mize, Scott Simpson and Curtis Strange. Fred Couples owns the honor of giving Mackay his nickname, when in 1990 he was unable to remember the name of the gangly 6’4” bagman.
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James "Tip" Anderson
Possibly the best nickname of all caddies, Tip Anderson was Arnold Palmer's caddie for many years, always helping Palmer when The King would cross the pond to compete in Europe. Between Palmer and Tony Lema, the Scotland-born Anderson tallied three Open Championship victories as a caddie.
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Inducted to the Caddie Hall of Fame in 1999, Argea will be remembered for two things: 1. his tenure as Jack Nicklaus' caddie and 2. his gray, bushy afro. Argea aided Nicklaus throughout more than 40 of his 73 victories for over 20 years on the job. To some, however, it didn't seem like much of a job since Argea reportedly didn't read putts, step off yardages or select clubs for Nicklaus. Carrying the bag and providing the right motivation was plenty.
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Fanny Sunesson gained fame during a nine-year stint on the bag of Nick Faldo, who won four of his six majors during that time. Sunesson left Faldo to work for Sergio Garcia, which lasted only eight tournaments, then worked for Fred Funk and Notah Begay III before reuniting with Faldo. She ended her career with Henrik Stenson, who won the 2007 Accenture Match Play and 2009 Players Championship with Sunesson on the bag.
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Fyles caddied for Tom Watson when Watson played across the Atlantic in Europe, and he generally performed incredibly. The duo was likely one of the best ever when it came to British Open victories, tallying five together in the 1970s and 80s. Unfortunately for them, they weren't able to pull off possibly the greatest victory ever when Watson lost a playoff in the 2009 Open at age 59 to Stewart Cink.
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Only one name comes to mind regarding successful LPGA caddies and that's McNamara. He was the longtime caddie for Annika Sorenstam, the most successful female golfer in the modern era. McNamara's impressive results with Sorenstam didn't keep him from the chopping block, however, as young Jessica Korda parted ways with him very early in her career.
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LaCava was hired to be Tiger Woods’ third full-time caddie in 2011 and left Dustin Johnson’s bag for the job. LaCava has also worked for Fred Couples, another highly profitable bag. LaCava and Woods have eight PGA Tour wins together, but still no major victories.
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Fulcher may not have a resume that matches some of his caddie predecessors, but he is one of the few caddies to caddie successfully on both the PGA and LPGA Tours. Before starting his major-winning career with Justin Rose, Fulcher was the man on the bag for celebrated female golfer Laura Davies.
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Of all the caddies in the world, Fitzgerald likely has the most upside as he claims the benefits of caddying for Rory McIlroy. Thus far, Fitzgerald has been there for each of McIlroy's four major victories, and if the two stick with what's working, Fitzgerald could reach legendary caddie status in the coming decade.
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Mitchell was a mainstay on Lee Trevino's bag, caddying for the 6-time major winner for 19 years. Mitchell and Trevino had a very unique caddie-player relationship. Their on-course disagreements would end with them yelling at each other on the course, but that was normal for the duo, and produced plenty of victories.
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Edwards caddied for Tom Watson from 1973 until 1989, but after a brief stint with Greg Norman, returned to Watson’s bag from 1992-2003. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2003 but continued to caddie. Edwards lost his battle with ALS in 2004, the day after he had received the Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America.
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Not many caddies make it as long as McRae has. A mainstay at Pinehurst, McRae has looped there for more than 70 years now. Since his 10th birthday, McRae has really only had one job, and that's caddying at Pinehurst, where he has caddied for everyone from five presidents to NBA great Charles Barkley.
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You don't recognize this caddie? That's shocking. It's one we certainly could never forget. Ernie had a donkey as a temporary caddie in 1994 at the Johnnie Walker World Championship. Apparently the ass wasn't qualified to remain on Ernie's bag.