Williamson to caddy for McLachlin

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Tyler Williamson figures to get a positive financial jump on his Nationwide Tour colleagues. That’s the good news. The bad news is, his potential take from the Mercedes-Benz Championship and Sony Open in Hawaii won’t count toward the money list.

That’s because the seven-year Nationwide Tour veteran is starting the season as Parker McLachlin’s caddie.

“I’m committed to him,” said Williamson, 36. “I’ll go a few months, then see how my eligibility shakes out. But for now, I can make more money out here as a caddie than waiting for the Nationwide Tour.”

Currently, it’s not that advantageous, because Williamson is playing out of the past champions category (2002 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open). With the first four Nationwide tournaments in Panama, Australia, and New Zealand (two), Williamson wasn’t going to make the trips, so this two-week journey to Hawaii to work for a friend and respected colleague made sense.

“There aren’t a lot of guys I would caddie for, but Parker’s one of them,” said Williamson, who was a Nationwide Tour colleague in 2006. “He has a great respect for the game; that’s what I admire about him.”

Determined to hone his game and continue with his playing, Williamson also concedes that there’s more than a financial gain to be made with this move.

“Parker’s got such a great short game. He gets it up-and-down from everywhere. Hopefully, I can help him, but I think I can learn a lot from him.”

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