Tour caddie released from jail after hearing
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
DORAL, Fla. – David Streza, caddie for PGA Tour pro Hunter Haas, was released from jail Monday after a hearing in Palm Beach Gardens on a charge that he had violated probation.
Streza, 31, had been arrested by Palm Beach Gardens police on March 4 after he had caddied for Haas in the second round of the Honda Classic.
Streza had been charged with false verification of ownership in 2008 after a domestic dispute with a former girlfriend, according to his attorney, Steven A. Cohen. In August 2009, Streza was given 36 months of administrative probation. In July 2010, Streza was arrested in Ohio on suspicion of driving under the influence, which triggered the probation violation.
On Monday, the judge ruled that the four days Streza served from the arrest would be his sentence for the probation violation and he would still have 19 months of administrative probation left to serve. But according to Cohen, Streza is eligible for early termination after 18 months, which would occur next month.
Streza had not been in contact with his employer, Haas, but was trying to get to Puerto Rico to see if he could catch up with his player at this week’s Puerto Rico Open.
“It’s hard to justify severing a relationship because of something that didn’t happen on the golf course,” Haas said last Saturday, with a different caddie on the bag. “It happened off the golf course. But it’s a tough decision, and I’ll play it day by day and week by week and tournament by tournament until I find out what’s really going on.”