Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Garcia's 'Temp' caddie could make $93K for week's work

Local caddie David Faircloth has to be pinching himself after having the good fortune to caddy for Sergio Garcia— who just won his first PGA Tour victory since 2008— at the rain-delayed Wyndham Championship Monday.  The first-place prize was $936,000.

Faircloth was picked up up by Garcia as a last minute replacement for his former caddie— who split with the golfer after missing the cut at the PGA Championship a week earlier.  Garcia was looking to hire a "local" caddy from the private country club in North Carolina called Eagle Point.

A week ago, Faircloth was lugging clubs for up to $75 a bag.  Based on the customary 10-percent PGA Tour caddies make from the winner's check, Faircloth could pocket up to $93,000.

It's a nice temp job if you can get it.

Faircloth was at the tournament to caddie in the pro-am for Bobby Long, a member of Eagle Point, and president of the foundation which organizes the Wyndham Championship.  Long recommended Faircloth to Garcia and they teamed up for the first round on Thursday.

Garcia didn't say how much he would pay Faircloth saying," I'll have to look at it.  Obviously he's not going to get what a normal caddie would get because his job was fairly easy."

Faircloth was basically just carrying Garcia's bag.  He did not give him yardages, read greens or help with club selection.

The star-struck Faircloth was so overwhelmed by Garcia's win, he almost forgot to carry out the ritual of a caddie taking the flag from the final hole as a keepsake memento.

Tony Navarro, a respected and experienced PGA caddie, saw that Faircloth was caught up in the moment and secretly got the flag and handed it to the flustered man.

"Well done this week," Navarro told Faircloth. "This is yours."

It's a week Faircloth will remember for a long time.

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