Hard work for caddies

DUBLIN, Ohio – The work day for PGA Tour caddies is hard enough without adding extra chores. Unfortunately for two of the best, that is what the third round of the Memorial Tournament entailed.

For Alistair “Squirrel” Matheson, the extra work was his own fault. Walking off of the 16th green, his man, Geoff Ogilvy, asked for the 3-wood, so Matheson put the bag down, grabbed a club, and headed right toward the 17th tee, perhaps a 100-yard walk.

At the end of the walk, it was oops.

“I grabbed the 5-wood by mistake,” Matheson said, laughing. “Had to run back and get the 3-wood.”

Ogilvy, who had the honor, allowed Stuart Appleby to hit as Matheson made the jaunt back and forth. “Not a bad little run for him,” quipped Ogilvy, whose momentum was hardly disrupted.

The Aussie slammed his 3-wood into the fairway and made a par en route to his sparkling 63.

For Joe Damiano, his extra work came courtesy of Appleby’s misdirected pitch. After tapping in for par to complete a sand save at the 18th, Appleby retrieved his ball from the hole and tossed it toward Damiano, but he fired wide left – and back into a bunker which the caddie had just raked.

The crowd gathered at the 18th hole at Muirfield Village GC laughed and Damiano could only shake his head. To compound matters, he had already tossed the rake toward the far side of the bunker, so he had to take one from the left bunker, which Matheson had just used.

It took a bit more work, but Damiano was satisifed with his effort.

“I raked the bunker nicely – both times,” he said.

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