It’s good to be Tiger Woods these days.
The reigning Masters champion just rose to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time since 2014. Woods also enters this week’s Memorial Tournament after another successful hosting run at Tiger Jam in Las Vegas.
The annual fundraising weekend has generated roughly $21 million all-time for the TGR Foundation, Woods’ charity that focuses on youth development and educational programs.
Highlights from this year’s event included a concert from Janet Jackson at MGM’s Park Theatre – with a personal introduction from Woods – and Russell Westbrook playing a few hands in the annual poker showdown.
It’s basically a first-class fantasy camp for guests, many of whom ponied up at the event’s charity auction.
The big-ticket item? The chance to caddie for Tiger Woods for a day during the Hero World Challenge pro-am in the Bahamas. Last year we followed along with Jim Williams, who dutifully trekked all 18 holes after bidding $50,000 at Tiger Jam in 2018.
This year’s caddie-for-a-day package was in even greater demand coming off Woods’ Masters victory. National Funding founder and CEO Dave Gilbert placed the winning bid at a whopping $75,000, according to Woods’ spokesman, securing his place on the bag come December.
Regular caddie Joe LaCava was glad to hand the bag over last year and take on a lighter work load, though he was there the whole way to give tips and crack jokes with the new looper.
LaCava will be assuming regular duties this week at Muirfield Village, where Woods is a five-time champion. That’ll be the last start prior to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, as Woods looks to continue to rise in the world rankings from his best position in five years.